Originally Posted by mik johnson
Could the high ph also be causing the severe brown algae outbreak?
No I highly doubt that, the brown algae feeds off things like poor lighting and excess nutrition in the tank and nitrates.
Unscrew the bulb and look, It'll have a name on it.Most combo set's have these 'standard' bulbs, which not having live plants is not too terrible atm but you may want to consider upgrading it to a full spectrum bulb. It appears as though certain spectrum's of light enhance algae growth while others don't.
So what I'd do if it was my tanks (and there's other opinions on this as well I'm sure, so let's hope the others join the discussion)
- I'd exchange the bulb
- Run lights some 10-11hrs/day
- Keep up weekly w/c of about 25%
- Feed either very little each day, or only feed every other day
Here's a few suggestions that I'd personally go for, but they will cost some $...To counter the excess nutritious that the algae feeds off of and act as bio filter I'd add several fast growing stem plants such as Cabomba, Ludwiga, Vallis etc (Most stem bunched plants are anywhere's from $1-2 per bunch)