I started a planted tank back in March. It was great for a week or two, but suddenly (what I think is) brown hair algae appeared. At first I thought it was no big deal, as I had heard of brown algae blooms in new aquariums.
However, it quickly took over my 10 gallon tank. I now clean it almost every day and do about a 20-30% water change almost every day, using a toothbrush and siphon to try to rid my tank of the algae. As I am hoping to put crystal red shrimp in eventually, when I change water I add some seachem equilibrium and alkaline buffer, as my tap water is extremely soft and was lacking in both of those.
I even did a full tank breakdown, cleaned everything, put it back together buying new plants in the process as the algae had destroyed most of mine originally. Again, it was fine for less than a week before the algae hit again. Now I'm stuck and I don't know what to do. I'm am so tired of cleaning the tank every day just to see the algae come back even worse the next day. thumbnail_image2.jpgthumbnail_image0.jpg
additional info: I decided to add some amano shrimp to my tank to try to combat the algae. I acclimated them last night, and woke up this morning to see two of three of them dead.
Lighting: NICREW LED light - 8 hr per day
Substrate: Tropica aquarium soil + some eco complete
nitrates: somewhere between 0-20
nitrites: somewhere between 0 and 0.5
Looking for any reccomendations. Desperate and seriously willing to try anything to fix this! thanks