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  1. Attached is a pic of two tiny (baby?) snails. I currently have around 20 Nerites who are of course laying little white sesame seed looking eggs. Are these Nerites? I assume not since they only hatch in brackish water. If not, any ideas which type? Perhaps introduced on a plant? For scale, the substrate is sand.
  2. @Mmiller2001 Update. As of today: Pre-CO² pH: 7.4 Peek CO² pH: 6.6 Reduced light duration by 1 hour Reduced light intensity from 18w to 16w Pearling happening on all plants Going to see how this pans our for 7-10 days before any adjustments. More pics of algae on Buce (getting the most light, and full of staghorn) and the Java Ferns, getting the least light and young leaves growing well (not the dark green growth on tips).
  3. Oh interesting. I just read that you cannot go by the chart without getting a baseline since there are other factors contributing to pH. So to your point, I need to get a pH reading when my water is without injection, and that should be 2-3ppm. Then I want to target a ~1 pH drop from that reading.
  4. Oh interesting! I wish I had known! Everything other persons advice has been to raise kH "to stabilize pH", which led me to believe I needed to limit changes in pH. Thanks, will read through the article.
  5. OK, so I need some more education on Co2 levels. Because, going by the chart, at a kH of 8-9, I don't want to dip below 7, right? I was told to raise my kH in order to stabilize the pH. That was the feedback. Going to grab some tank water and set out to measure and then will reply with my degassed pH.
  6. Good idea. I will look into another attachment to raise the lights - currently they are at the maximum height for the brackets I have. I did take the lighting down in wattage a bit more to 16W. I did this by reducing Warm and Green light spectrum. The tank is still lit well enough to see things well, but with the lower wattage I believe that should translate to less light for plants/algae.
  7. I have 20 Pygmy Corys, 10 Panda Corys and 2 Plecos. They are constantly active but do not touch the staghorn.
  8. Question. Is this Brown Algea or Staghorn, or both. I cannot tell.
  9. 3 weeks ago I posted about my newer planted aquarium and how to diagnose algae issues. The feedback was to raise kH, pH, CO2 and reduce light. After those changes, 3 weeks later the algae situation has changed for the better, but I still am waging a battle. Looking for advice on next steps. My new stats are: Stats [Before] > After: [kH 6] > kH 8.5 [pH 6.8-7.4] > pH 7.0-7.4 [75-76 F] > 74-75 [CO2 3.5bps on with lights] > 4bps [Lighting 5000k, 27W, 10 hours] > 1500K, 18W, 10 hours [Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 0 - .1] > Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 5-10 [Fertilizer: 2x/week Flourish, 2x/week Pottasium, 1x/week Iron (all Seechem products)] > removed Iron, added Phosphate Algae: What's Improved. I have some floating plants that have rapidly reproduced stick the the left and right sides of the tank. That light shading, along with reduced lighting, seems to have improved the plants towards the sides. The picture below shows how the Java ferns there are now basically free of algae (the brown hairs you see are roots). Algae: What's Still A Fight As you can see below about 60% of the tank in the center has an algae problem. It's either brown or staghorn, and despite manually ripping it off every other day it keeps coming back. The Buce is growing, faster than I expected, with some good color and a few flowers, but if I do not rubbed the leaves free of algae ever other day they would be totally consumed by it. You can also see the same algae growing on the Java ferns (again, remarkably different from the ones towards the sides). Conclusion The obvious answer is to further reduce light. Which I would have to figure out how to reduce wattage while still keeping enough light for viewing (through choosing various spectrums). But, I really want to keep the growth I am seeing with the Buce. So wondering if there is another tactic to try with the fertilizer or CO2. Thanks!
  10. Just got 10 more Kyathits -- yay!!! Highly recommend Zebra and Kyathits. They school well (together) and look great mixed in with each other. We have about 30 now and they sometimes look like a bait ball.
  11. Posting two more pics for identification. It does look a bit "tufted". Blackbeard? It looks most like pics of Staghorn on the web as @Brandypointed out.
  12. Got 10 of the Pygmy Corys ... wow! They are awesome little schoolers. They school alone or join my Danios, and are already getting into all the nooks of my plants. Highly recommend! Fun to watch.
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