29 Gallon Tank Algae-Like patches on plants

JLAquatics

Greetings, fellow fishkeepers. I currently have a 29-gallon community planted tank with multiple types of easy plants such as Anubias Barteri and Java Fern. Overall, the fish are doing great (Rasboras even breeding) and the plants are establishing themselves nicely. I dose a small amount of flourish after each water change and provide seachem root tabs to my root feeders. However, there are these furry brown patches of algae that develop on the plants which I have to remove constantly. It really collects on the Java Moss but I can easily brush it off unlike other types of algae. I do weekly checks with an API master kit to keep nitrates below 10 ppm, which has helped with some of the other types of algae I was dealing with. I was wondering if there was a good method to prevent this stuff from appearing? I have provided some tank details to potentially help find a remedy. Thanks for all your help!

Tank Stats:
Size: 29-gallon low tech planted aquarium
Age: 4 months cycled now
PH: 8.0
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 5-10 ppm
Hardness: Roughly 3-4 dGH and 13 gKH
Livestock: 13 neon tetra, 12 lambchop rasboras, 2 nerite snails, 3 ghost shrimp
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The2dCour

What's the lighting situation? Often algae starts when there's too much nutrients and too much light at the same time. Try cutting back on the ferts and/or feeding, more frequent/smaller water changes. Adding floaters could help, they cut down on two things: lighting intensity and nutrients.

You can always add more shrimp/snails and see if they help out but that's not really a solution to the problem of algae.
 
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JLAquatics

Thanks for your response. I currently use a Nicrew Classic Plus LED light fixture that can be found on Amazon. I have the lights on for 8 hours each day. I was also considering some Cherry Shrimp but was worried I would be overstocked. Also planning on getting a few more nerite snails. I will cut back on some of the nutrients to see if that helps. Do you think I should also reduce the amount of time I have the aquarium lights on?
 
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The2dCour

Thanks for your response. I currently use a Nicrew Classic Plus LED light fixture that can be found on Amazon. I have the lights on for 8 hours each day. I was also considering some Cherry Shrimp but was worried I would be overstocked. Also planning on getting a few more nerite snails. I will cut back on some of the nutrients to see if that helps. Do you think I should also reduce the amount of time I have the aquarium lights on?
8 hours should be fine as long as it isn't also by a window getting direct sunlight. I keep my lights on for 12 hours and generally have an abundance of nutrients, but the 100s of baby snails and 5 amano shrimp swarm anything that looks or smells like food.

Cherry shrimp have a small small bio load, I wouldn't be too concerned adding some as your bio filter should adapt pretty quickly and their size footprint is so small.
 
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JLAquatics

8 hours should be fine as long as it isn't also by a window getting direct sunlight. I keep my lights on for 12 hours and generally have an abundance of nutrients, but the 100s of baby snails and 5 amano shrimp swarm anything that looks or smells like food.

Cherry shrimp have a small small bio load, I wouldn't be too concerned adding some as your bio filter should adapt pretty quickly and their size footprint is so small.
Thanks for the tips. I appreciate it. I will get some frogbit and a group of 10 cherries and 2 more nerites to help out.
 
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