You know, now that I think of it, at the same time I started reducing stocking (in a very small way--I removed a school of 6 harlequin rasboras), I pretty drastically reduced feeding. I remember Walstad saying that fish food is great plant fertilizer.

So, here's my quandary, guys: To get my Java ferns growing again, It appears that I need to increase nutrients in the water, which would mean feeding more and/or chemical ferts. But I also need to reduce nitrates to combat my algae problem. If I increase feeding and/or fertilization, but add some floating plants (I'm leaning toward dwarf water lettuce), would that accomplish both?