here's a couple quesitons first:
-what's your diy co2 recipe? How are you trying to dissolve it? Do you have a bubble counter built?
2C sugar dissolved in 2C water
1/2 tsp yeast dissolved in 1/4 c warm water + pinch of sugar
I have a 2 L setup with a second bottle used as a bubble counter, then into a powerhead diffuser. This has not produced more than 3-5 bpMINUTE so I am not impressed. My pH has not changed.
-how much and what kind of ferts are you dosing?
I have the nutrafin Plant Gro Iron Enriched micro and the NPK 0.6-0.3-2.4
I'm using 10 ml per dosing day each.
-what are your lights? If I were to guess, I'd say you previously had the single 15 watt strip light and now upgraded to another of the same.
They are 30" flourescents, I guess probably 18W, times two.
-how long were the plants in there with the lower lighting?
Most of them over 2 years, and the alternanthera and wisteria just the last 6 months.
-how old is the tank?
-what's the fish inhabitants?
Breeding pair of kribs and babies, 3 columbian tetras, 3 black skirts (mature), 2 zebra danios, one yoyo loach and one otto
1) remove the "algae" leaves - might be the best option for now
2) Be patient and wait for the plants to adjust - going to be setting up a 54 g planted so wanted to get the plants going before moving them
3) Add more lighting - maybe in the future but think the tank will just be quarantine
4) get the co2 going better - still trying to experiment with this
5) reduce fertilizers - okay, going to dose once per week, 25% water change 2 x per week
6) Get rid of nasty epoxy gravel - well, maybe when the tank is tore down, as it stands now it'll have to do, I understand that none of the plants are heavy root feeders so the gravel isn't much of a problem, it is fine in texture.
These are prelight pictures about 2 weeks ago.