If it Ain't broke..............
Now back to plants,
After adding a CO2 injector to my tank, I was amazed and delighted at
the tremendous growth in my tank. I was using Tetra Florapride and having
good results. My definition of good results being good plant growth with
little or no algae problems.
Happy at my successful tinkering, I decided to tinker some more; So I
ordered some fertilizer. I ordered Coralife iron supplement and Kent Marine
freshwater micronutrient with iron. I also ordered Tetra's Crypto tabs. I
started adding small amounts of each at each water change. The plants
responded with even more tremendous growth. I bet you can probably guess what
Yep that's right, Algae. Even the word is ugly. My best description
would be a soft, light green fuzz. Almost invisible when viewed directly on,
it is quite visible from the side. It appears as 1/4 to 1/2 inch long
filaments attached mostly to the swords. My Otos won't touch the stuff, and
it is impossible to remove by hand.
The 42 gallon hex is densely planted. It is virtually overgrown with
Limnophila Sessiflora. It also contains a large Echinodorus Cordifolius and a
large Echinodorus Paniculatus. The shade is divided up, by various Crypts and
an A. Nana .
My next move is as follows:
1. Stop the fertilizers for a while, maybe a long while!
2. Order a phosphate and nitrate test kit.
3. Change part of the water.
4. Hope that one of you has some great advice.
Am I the only guy that can't leave good enough alone, or are the rest of
you just smart enough to keep it to yourselves?