Ok. I have had freshwater tanks and raised both cichlids and other varieties of tropicals but never did I try plants until now.
I have a 55 g with a homemade light hood containing CF bulbs. Lighting is from 6 30W 6400k. I have been running them for 8hrs a day. Too much?
Substrate is 3 inches of aquarium gravel mixed with red flourite. It is sitting on a UGF that has powerheads on opposite ends of the tank.
There is a basic Whisper hanging filter on the back.
I have one lone Guppy for the moment.
I added a couple of Foxtail and and two other basic plants. At first they seemed to be generating new growth but brown algae has broken out and covered the plants.
Did an ammonia test tonight and it was 0.
This tank is only a month old.
So far Ive learned to quit venting the powerheads (c02 loss) and Im assuming that I shouldnt even be running them at all.
I hesitate to go spend a bunch of money on plants with the brown algae.
A week ago there were good bits of green algae but I cleaned the tank friday with a light vacuum and 10 gal water change and boom now I have brown algae all over.
I am sure I am doing it all wrong. I am open to do whatever I need to do up to and including tearing it down and starting over.
Thanks in advance for all of the replies