Originally Posted by fishfanatic
Is this t5 HO
or t5 NO? Ether way that is a TUN of light! Actinic bulbs will promote algae growth. Does your light fixture have options for running less bulbs?
From what I understand cichlids and plants don't mix well
I have a 60 gallon cichlid tank. No cichlids and plants don't mix well. They dig them up constantly, the only way I have found to keep some live plants in my tank is to put good size rocks all way around the base of the plants and even that don't always work. They dig around the rocks and shift them then up root the plants any way.
I think the best bet would be to decrease light times and up the water changes for a bit.
Putting the lights on a timer will help and you can also do a few days with no lights on at all to kinds starve the algae along with cutting back on feedings