11-15-2008, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by okiemavis
What is the spectrum of your lighting? Sounds like the brown algae was just occurring because your tank was new and unestablished. If it's not growing back, I'd stick with what you're doing. Are you adding any ferts? How long have the plants been in there? I wouldn't use carbon, if you are fertilizing, you don't want to remove the nutrients your plants will use, the fish alone shouldn't be producing an overabundance of nutrients for the plants.
Well, it's not growing super fast, but I did notice that it creeps up during the week. I had an algae outbreak in my betta tank once (not planted though) and I just scrubbed it off a few times and it hasn't come back, so that is what I'm "hoping" will happen here. I tried adding flourish, but started seeing some black beard algae and I have stopped since. My plants don't seem to mind. I dose flourish excel daily. One bulb is...gotta check...jeesh it's a 9325K. I thought it was lower, but I bought it when I didn't know much about plants and it was labeled a "plant" bulb. The other little additional light is ~5000K. The plants have been in there since Julyish. Thanks for the help