I am new to the forum but I have tried the planted tank thing a couple of times without success. Third time is a charm, right?
1st try: 5 years ago, 90 gallon high-tech resulted in a total failure when the solenoid controlling the CO2 opened fully during the night. I awoke to a tank full of dead fish. I was so discouraged that I took down the tank and sold it.
2nd try: 2 years ago, 8 gallon high-tech resulted in great growth until...you guessed it, solenoid failure resulting in the death of all my fauna. Clearly I am really bad with CO2 systems (or at least solenoids).
3rd try: current setup, 5 gallon low-tech, results remain to be seen and any advice is welcomed and appreciated.
The tank is a Fluval Spec V with Flourite substrate. I am currently using API liquid CO2 Booster daily along with Nutrafin Plant Gro weekly liquid fertilizer. I also purchased API root tabs, but I have yet to use them.
Flora: Anubias nana, Microsorum pteropus, Hygrophila corymbosa, Cryptocoryne wendtii
Fauna: 1 Synodontis nigriventris (Upside down catfish). My plan is to remove the catfish and go with just Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda).