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Hoping someone can shed some light on the subject here. Everyone is saying
light, light, light. Now how much light is needed?
I have a 46gal bowfront with 2 daylight lamps and a 50/50 all rated at 30W.
I have a huge problem with algae growing on the leaves of my plants. I have
a co2 injector and all sort of algae eaters(SAE's, Shrimp, Otto's, etc..) I
leave the light on about 12 hours a day. Substrate is 100% fluorite with a
tiny layer of laterite. The substrate depth is 4 inches. I do not add any
fertilizers to the water column and only feed the fish once per day to force
them to eat the algae.
Water temp = 82
PH = 6.8
Hardness = 110
Am i short on light? or am I totally missing something here?
If I add a plant within 3 days it will have a brownish algae on it then it
will turn to a deep green algae and then the plant leaf will actually start
dying after a week or tow.