Thanks for reading guys and/or helping me out. I truly appreciate all knowledge and patience given.
I am concerned about a potential algae problem after doing some research. I'd love to buy a lot of 20 RCS from Redchigh, but then a few concerns arose during my information excavation. I discovered that shrimp and copper are a fatal combination. However, the plant fertilizer I use (Aqueon Plant Food) does not contain any copper. This was a relief and gave me hope to add RCS to the tank once again. After sending a PM to Angel079 about RCS, she seemed to think that I may have an algae problem and that RCS or algae eating fish should not be used to mask an algae problem. So the question is before adding RCS or algae eating fish - Do I have a (potential) algae problem?
The algae that are visible in the tank:
is naturally occurring within the tank. It is not inherited from LFS. The new tank is slightly over a week old and is cycling; NH3/NH4 has spiked and is now 0; NO2 has spiked and is on the decline, tested today at 0.5 ppm; NO3 is something I cannot test, but will be taking H20 sample to LFS for results soon. I know that brown algae occurs in new tanks and should clear out in month.
LIGHT GREEN HAIR ALGAE
is inherited with a plant purchase from a LFS. Growth of the hair algae spreads, but slowly. I think it can be easily removed via vacuum or by hand. It is long and very thin.
DARK GREY/BLACKISH HAIR ALGAE
This is also inherited. It is from a different LFS. It came in on the leaves of Wendti's Crypt, Micro Swords, and Dwarf Sagitaria. It seems to be localized to these plants only. These were all added on Friday of last week. I would describe the algae as a dark grey, short hair type. It is a bit thicker than the green hair algae.
LifeGlo 15 watt 6700k with photo period of 11 hrs/day (on at 7AM, off at 8PM)
Fertilize 5ML every 3rd day of Aqueon Plant Food
pH = ~7.0
Temp = 75-77 F
NH3/NH4 = 0ppm (for 3 days)
NO3 = 0.5ppm (spiked 3 days ago)
NO4 = Cannot test
Snails (probably MTS) inherited from roots of LFS Crypts, Micro Sword, and Dwarf Sagitaria.
-EDIT- Planning to have a school of 7+ Galaxy Danios (Danio Margaritatus). Maybe,but not determined on having, a male Betta and/or oto cats.