My Anubius came from another tank and had black beard algae on just the tips of a few leaves. I soaked it in a 10% bleach solution for 6 minutes and then rinsed(in treated water) and dried it. After that I planted it in the substrate(not the rhizome just the roots). I feel like I had that cob web stuff before I put that in though. It's almost always around the hair grass and never anywhere else. Could it just be that the hair grass isn't getting enough light and is dying off?
My goal for this tank is to have Red cherry shrimp. I know they eat algae, but I can't put them in until I get my tank fully cycled.
So 16 watts of LED
@ 7000k isn't going to do the trick? I know there's the wattage per gallon rule, but I figured it's LED
so that doesn't exactly apply(since they use less power).
What light would you recommend for a 10 gallon? I went cheap and bought a $30 amazon light. Do they have something that could also work on a 40 gallon breeder tank? If this works out I plan to move things over to a larger 40 gallon breeder that will house fish and plants. This is a year or more away, but I'm totally willing to spring for a nice light if you think that will solve the hair grass issue and will work on a larger tank. Breeders are not super tall so I would assume it's down to how wide the light is? My end goal is to have some 10 gallons to breed shrimp in and have a nice high tech planted 40 gallon breeder. Only if this 10 gallon works out though. I would hate to be terrible at this and waste a bunch of money. I suppose I could just use this light on those 10 gallon shrimp breeder tanks. They will be sideways with tops that slide back. I currently have to remove my light before being able to take off my diy acrylic lid.
If I'm basically screwed...I'm ok with replanting baby tears once they start to grow more(unless it's going to be the same story with those). I've noticed the baby tears seem to be growing(I can't say the same for most of the other plants except the runners the hair grass seems to have put out(not many). I also just got the swords so they haven't had time to do much.
My main focus is to get the tank cycled so I can put shrimp in it.