I've currently got a three plants in my tank and they are not looking great. It's a 10 GAL tank with one Oranda in. I have a 40 GAL tank ready to use in 2 months when I move but at the moment that tank is too big for my current apartment.
I sadly couldn't tell you what the plants are ... all I know is they were all less than $10 from my local fish store.
They all have black spots and grubby marks on them and from the little that I've read up... it appears to be Algae taking hold.
I feed Lead-Zone once a week but I really don't think I've got a good enough routine with daylight etc. so I'm on the hunt for correct care.
My tank is not ideally placed at the moment... its near a window BUT it never received any direct sunlight AND to make sure that its not over-exposed to natural light i do keep a curtain partially closed during the day.
I found that when the natural light was on the tank I had a Algae build-up on the inside of the tank walls so i've starting shielding it from natural light which has really helped.
I only turn the tank light on for about 3-4 hours a day in the evenings between 5 & 9 when I've got back from work.
I'm moving in a couple of months so when i do i'll find a better spot for the tank that's away from windows but i really need some guidance on caring for the plants and how much light my tank should be getting per day.
Can anyone give me some advice?