Hi everyone, I was hoping someone/anyone can give me some advice/feedback on how to control this particular algae. I started my tank about 1.5 weeks ago. During the 1st week, I think had way too much light going on (T5 4x54W for a 55g) and no C02. However, after the 1st week, I finally got my C02 canister and have a pressurized system up and running. I also read that I should reduce my lighting so I cut in half, now just T5 2x54W, 8 hours a day. As for the inhabitants in the tank, I only have 2 guppies, and recently introduced 3 red shrimps, 2 amano’s and an oto to help control the algae problem. I want to keep the bioload fairly small while I try and deal with this algae problem so I thought I’d start with those. Anyway, I’m having major issues with a brown algae (I think) that appears to be growing on my plants. Well, I have a bunch of other algae (mainly hair algae), but those are not as ugly as the brown algae. I’m beginning to worry that the brown algae is negatively affect my plants. Some people here recommended taking the plant outs and cleaning it. I just can’t imagine doing that for the whole tank! Is there any other alternative to cleaning each and every plant or using chemicals? A few people here suggested that it’s due to the fact that the tank is not yet established. Is that the case? Does the algae go away on its own? I must admit that my tank is not as planted as I would like it to be, but due to budget constraints, I have to wait a bit. Also, this past weekend I tested my water and all seems good, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites/nitrates. I also started EI dosing this weekend as well. Hope anyone can suggest solutions to this. Thanks so much!