Lauren A Posted September 10, 2022 Share Posted September 10, 2022 (edited) Hi, I have a 10 gallon 80% planted with large hardscape, bogwood and pagoda stones. Sand in one section, soil in another. There are 10 Microdevario Kubotai and 3 tiny horned nerite snails. This tank has been up since the end of April this year. I did a fishless cycle with plants and the tank has remained very healthy. Algae is typically readily eaten by my snails. I dose Easy Green once a week. I use tap water filtered through a Hydroviv system to remove contaminants, in particular PFAS. I did end up with a pond snail back when I initially set it up. This was fine but now babies have started to pop up. I have black.beard algae. I believe the culprit is most likely overfeeding. I only feed once a day, but maybe too much? I’ve never had nitrites after finished with cycling, no ammonia issues and nitrates sit around 20-30 ppm after fertilizing, although they do drop to 0-5 about midweek and post water change. Maybe odd? I clean it once a week on average 50% water change. With minor top offs during the week for evaporation. If the water change is larger than 50%, I add Stability. I currently have two filters running. A Fluval HOB 20 and a small Dennerle Eck Corner Filter. The Dennerle is mainly there to keep the surface moving since my tank is 50% covered in floating plants. Plus the Kubotai enjoy good water flow. I use the Fluval Nano Light on a medium to high setting. Ok, I’m not sure where things went awry but have over the last week or two grown black beard algae on some of my Pagoda stones, none of my plants yet, and I honestly can not tell with the wood because it is so dark. I read a hydrogen peroxide 3 minute dip should take care of this but I also read it will kill the beneficial bacteria. So, I’m stumped. How do I go about fixing this and is the algae harmful. My snails won’t touch it. If anyone can guide me through this, I could really use the help. Here is a photo of the tank. As you can I hope see, that large pagoda stone is pretty bad. Thank you very much! edit: pardon the reflection Edited September 10, 2022 by Lauren A Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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