Hi all - new user but not new aquarist
Thought I might chip in my two cents re the algae thing. I have had a 20 gal
in my bedroom for some years, and it has had no algae at all for over a decade, with no specific 'algae eaters' either. I keep bristlenose plecos as my algae eater of choice, specifically albinos, my fave, but only in my bigger 35 gal
tank. At any rate, we had our windows done and changed the window covering slightly last year, and boom, algae. My little pygmy cories seem to enjoy grazing on it so I have let it be but it is unsightly. The tank has two CF
13 watt bulbs, equivalent to about 120-130 watts - it is heavily planted with crypts, endocoryne and java moss, and all the plants do fine, but like I said not a speck of algae for over a decade. I use no fertilizer at all, no CO2
and for that matter not even a heater.
I am convinced (therefore) that direct sunlight and direct sunlight only is what will cause a bloom if nothing is there. Just my two cents but the cause in this case was obvious and had an immediate effect.
OH PS my favourite peeve? "These guys will get along just fine together" Ok, sure, I'll take the little red-tailed catfish to go along with my angel fish and neon tetras!" Peeve #2 actually drives me crazy - betas, as in new softwares to test or greek letter b's, as opposed to bettas, which are Siamese fighting fish.