I set up my ten gallon tank with sand for a substrate to make it easier to plant, and to try out a new look. While I love it. I'm kind of regretting not finding some soil and making a naturally planted tank. I've started having some algae problems, and I'm wondering if its because I don't have the right nutrients. It could also be that my photoperiod is too long (usually 9 - 11 hours).
I tried dosing aqueon plant food, but it caused my water sprite to melt horribly so I've stopped. I've since moved the water sprite to a different tank so I could go back to dosing the 10 gallon. My other thought was I could skip adding fertilizer and add some floramax in the sand under the roots of my plants to see if it helps them.
For general info:
Tank: 10 gallons
lighting: 1 6500k 15 watt bulb rated for plants, and 1 incandescent I haven't upgraded
Filtration: sponge filter
fertilizers: none for now
photoperiod: 9 - 11 hours
plants: 5 -6 stems wisteria, 1 banana plant, 1 clump of cryptocerne, 5-6 stalks of anacharis, 10 - 15 stems of possibly pennywort?
Any suggestions as to what I should do to help get rid of the algae? I don't mind cleaning it off during water changes, but since its a new set up I'm not opposed to some change to help balance it out. I'm thinking of one of the following options or none of them if anyone has a better idea:
1. get a timer to reduce photoperiod
2. dose fertilizers (open to switching from the plant food, maybe flourish?)
3. try floramax under the sand... somehow.
4. forget balance and just getting one very happy cleaner snail...
Thanks for your time and opinions.