They say brown algae is often a problem in newer tanks... I've had my tank set up for about 2+ months now and I still have a big problem with brown algae. My nerite snails help a lot but it's a divided tank so I have to move them between sections when they clean one out. and by the time I've moved them to the third section the first section needs cleaning again. (I keep my two snails together because the one time I put them together, they seemed to become attached to each other and one rides on the shell of the other one 75% of the time... so I felt bad splitting them up again. hehe. The shell-rider is actually not a very good cleaner on its own, anyway).
Last week I spent 20 minutes rubbing algae off my fanwort and got my water all cloudy with algae. I've read two different things- algae indicates something being off in the tank, often not enough CO2... I don't do any CO2 so it's a possibility. But I've read that it often happens in newer tanks and usually disappears after a couple of months. So I'm a bit past 2 months and there's no improvement. Should I wait longer or should I try adding CO2? I don't really have that many plants, though. It's a 10 gallon divided three ways and one section has an amazon sword, another section has a rosette sword, and the third section has a corkscrew vallisneria. And all sections have some floating fanwort.
Any advice/ideas? Thanks!