Plant and algae questions/updates

  1. Ap05 Well Known Member Member

    Hey everyone! Update on my 55g. I'm wondering if I'm just worrying over nothing or if I'm having a problem.

    I've noticed a lot of my plants have brown looking algae on them. Ill post pics below. Will a BN or otos help with this? It seems to come off pretty easy when I rubbed it with my finger. It's on my filter intake and tree root as well.

    Next, my wisteria leaves are curling at the end on some leaves. It's mainly the middle and outside leaves. I have lush green at the top.

    Does my Java Moss look okay? It isn't spreading fast. Maybe I'm expecting too much too fast with it.

    Last, my cabomba and wisteria both have roots shooting out everywhere. Is this a good thing or normal?

    I dose excel daily, Flourish comp Sundays and Thursdays, and tetra flora pride I just got. I did the initial flora pride dose and regular treatment after my water change. Add root tabs for my sword. Cabomba and wisteria once a month.

    Lights (130 watts 10000k) are on 5-9 am, and 5-10 PM.

    Does all of this sound good or am I doing anything wrong? I've seen some growth but it seems I hit a wall. Maybe just over thinking.

    I plan on getting otos tomorrow. Hope they help!

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  2. Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    Brown algae, or diatoms are quite common in a new tank & should eventually go away by itself.
    Cabomba & wisteria do throw out aerial roots, if you don't like the look of them just take them off.
    If you do get Oto's don't expect them to keep your tank completely free of algae, I have around 30 of various ages in one tank & there's still plenty of algae, though I do encourage its growth for the Oto's. They will need supplementary feeding with veg such as courgette as they can quickly starve there isn't enough food for them.
     

  3. Ap05 Well Known Member Member

    Any ideas too on how to better scape this tank? Almost want another sword. [​IMG]