Well, I've recently jumped into the world of running a planted tank... and it hasn't been too easy so far! I'm a self-named "Plant Noob" and am doing my best to figure out how this all works. Seeing as I keep starting threads about plants in the Planted Tank part of the forum, I thought I might as well start a journal thread, since the threads I've started already definitely won't be the end of my "plant worries"!
Here are my other threads:
Just got my plants, wondering what they are, and what kind of algae they have all over them... (looks like blue-green algae! :P)
Identifying plants... and algae! :P
And here's wondering what I can do to help them grow better... due to the advice here I started adding fertilizer and changed my lighting to 6500K...
To fertilize or not to fertilize? (plant noob question :) )
Things are better, but still not happy with how my plants are looking, that is, some are not a nice color, and others have unexplained spots. Debating whether or not to go full-out NPT? Also, blue-green algae has traded places with hair algae... ugh.
The whole 9 yards... should I or shouldn't I?
I've decided that the best way to go is with some eco complete, as I've read a lot about (and seen pictures of) the really nice effect it has on plant health. It's in the mail right now, and scheduled to be delivered tomorrow... I can't wait! Really excited to put it in, and see how the plants like it. :)
Meanwhile, I'm stuck with blobs of hair algae all over everything! Looks like I'll be spending some time cleaning it out tomorrow... honestly, it looks like everything is coated in green steel wool...! Yuck.
I've put my latest pictures... but between then and now there's a LOT more algae in there :P. I've read (a page called 'James' Planted Tank - Algae Guide) that this stuff is caused by not enough CO2 and nutrients. Now... my plants have been pearling a bit over the last few days - perhaps this all means that there are too many plants in relation to fauna (1 betta, 1 mystery snail)?
In any case, perhaps I should look into adding some CO2 and more nutrients... I already dose some Seachem Flourish, .5 mL for 5.5 gal.