So I've had this tank running for about 1 month now and it's not really going as well as I had thought. I knew I would have some problems here and there and so I'm very understanding that things can happen, but I don't know of a solution at this point.
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I have 36W total over the tank for about 10 hours a day, a Fluval 205 and it sits at 75 degrees. I don't have water parameters right now as I don't own a test kit, but Utah water is generally harder and has a higher pH (7.4?). I am using tap water (wanted to mix it with RO water, but the store shut down that had it.) I've been doing a 20-40% water change each week (mostly cuz the wood is still releasing tannins) and each time I dose 5-10mL of Fourish, Potassium, & Iron. And I dose 5mL of excel 2-3 times a week. Sub is FloraMax on top of Organic MiracleGro.
Currently there are no fish/shrimp in here. I am thinking maybe I need to get some Amano's or something, but I need to make sure the water is safe.
For the most par the very bottoms of the plants are melted, mostly due to lack of light? I know the Bacopa didn't acclimate well so it's very dead at the bottom but very bright and green at the top and growing fast. The Limnophila aromatica & Tiger Lotus are directly under the light as I saw them to be more demanding. Recently the Lotus has started turning green whereas the past 3 weeks it's been is nice red color. Any idea why?
The Wisteria is doing fine, the Cardimine lyrata isn't doing nearly as great as I thought. Kind of growing, but dying at the bottom. The Blyxa just sucks (I've heard it's because of how hard Utah water is.) :rant:
[Summary of questions are at the very bottom]
Here is the Hygrophila Corymbosa 'Kompakt' before and after (12/20 & 1/2)
My Tiger Lotus is starting to get this fading spot on it. Lack of nutrients? Cuz it has plenty of light as it is just inches from the fixture:
The L. aromatica (It looks fantastic up top, this is just the bottom inch)
The Bacopa (this is in the back corner in front of the heater, under the output)
And now the weird algae's:
This one is white and has been growing at the base of the wood. I am wondering if I should not have put this wood in the tank (it is from Lake Powell). It was treating for 2 months and I thought it was ok, but it has a slimy coat to it and collects and puts off dirt/crap easily.
There are two in this picture. They are growing just inches from the light so I would expect it to show up faster obviously. In the center you see the stringy algae (growing on the strand of moss I have) and at the top right you can see a bright green algae growing:
1. Why did my Hygrophila all of a sudden just start dying at the base? Does it need more water changes?
2. Any idea how to grow the Blyxa? I have some money to spend on CO2 if I need to, but I was wanting to try a tank w/o for now.
3. The Algae's? What are they, how to treat them (maybe it's just more H2O changes?)
4. The bald spot growing on the Tiger Lotus and why is it green and not red now?
5. How are my dosings? Should I add sometime/take away something, etc.
6. If I can mix in RO water should I? Would it be helpful?
7. Do I need to add some shrimp? Maybe this will balance it out some?
Thanks so much for your help. Sorry this is so long but it is so many problems at once!