Well lockdown has stopped me from adding more shrimp but man have the plants grown. My java fern is really filling out now since getting rid of the floating plants. But the fish seem perfectly happy without. Still struggling with my hairgrass as it just doesn't seem to want to carpet, but il persevere!
Well I seem to be losing the battle with BGA recently. Covers my hairgrass and I'm constantly picking it out.
Lights have always been on a 24 hours full spectrum from night, dawn, full and dusk but I have now put them on a timer so that light is only on for 7 hours to see if that helps.
I turned them off fully for a few days and the bga was almost all gone, but, as soon as they were back on for any length of time it returned so I know something's out of wack.
I usually dose API liquid co2 daily and dose with Searches Florish every few days. I read that upping the fert can combat bga but when I did it seemed to get worse.
Still Doing 50% water changes weekly
Ammonia at 0.5ppm
Nitrites at 0ppm
Nitrates are at about 2-3ppm
Tank is pretty heavily planted and my nitrates have never been above 5.
Recently changed to a sponge filter aswell
Also have an airstone going 24/7
Any advice to try? Overdosing the fert? Reducing the light further?