Originally Posted by lewisarbucks
Thanks alot guys for the help! Will get some fertiliser asap!
Byron, what floating plants would you suggest for this aquarium and how could I solve the lighting problem? If it is algae, is that solved by simply lowering the light intensity or not having it on as long as I am? Thanks again:) Sent from Petguide.com Free App
The green and red types of algae occur naturally in any aquarium. With live plants, we simply want to find the balance of lighting/nutrients to keep algae under control. Algae is not at all bad, except when it spreads on plant leaves which will smother the leaf and kill the plant.
I have one T8 tube over my 29g tank, and that is moderate light. You are a bit above this with two tubes, so it is important to ensure there are sufficient nutreints for the plants to use this light; the duration of the light period can be altered in achieving this balance. It is somewhat experimental, as every aquarium is biologically different. You have stem plants, and they are fast growing which means more nutrients and more light needed, so we should be able to find the balance.
If this were my tank, I would reduce the daily light to 8 hours. The best way to do this is with one of those lamp timers. You can have the photoperiod any time you want, when you are normally home to view the tank obviously. Ambient light such as daylight and room lights is also part of the equation.
Floating plants like Water Sprite are ideal. Click the name for the profile with photos. Brazilian Pennywort also does well left floating.
Flourish Comp once weekly, floating plants, and reducing the light should work.