I'm a new tank owner (some of you helped get me up and running
a few months ago). Metta the Betta is happy - by far the healthiest and most active betta I've owned. The 8 gallon BioCube setup is pretty basic - just some gravel, a java fern (growing like mad), a small heater, and the pump that came with it to circulate water through the filtration chambers. We'll be heading to Montana in a few weeks and I'll grab some rocks/driftwood from a nearby river to spruce things up a bit.
Here's my question - how much algae is OK? We were fine for a couple of weeks and then BOOM! Algae City. Light is a BioCube 10K and was running about 8 hours a day. I cut it back to 6 hours, but don't know how much light the betta needs to be happy. I got a decent scrubber and clean the tank out weekly with ~35% water changes. Every week I also have to remove the java fern and rinse/rub the leaves off as it accumulates dark brown algae on it. Is this normal? Too much light? Too intense a light? Do you need pics of my modest/dirty tank to know?
Thanks in advance!