First post and new to forum! (and a lot to say/ask).
So I'm fairly new to aquariums (1 year experience) and have recently decided to start doing more planted/aquascape tanks. I have a few tanks, recently bought a 12 Long mr Aqua :-) and bought a few plants I really liked at LFS this past month before the tank shipped. I placed plants in 29 Gal that is primarily for Malawi Crab as a safe haven till new tank came.
It seems every plant I put in here dies... even water sprite. I have a 10 Gal which I could throw anything in and it would double in size in week and both tanks get same attention and additives. Any thoughts why this is?
Every Sunday all tanks get:
30% Water Change
Appropriate doses of the following:
29 Gal Specs: (Weekly water change's every Sunday)
Aqueon Kit Tank with 1 -T8 Full Spectrum bulb
2 Months running
Ammonia .25 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 0 ppm
Fish: 4 - 1" Convict Cichlids (Temporary home till bigger)
5 - 1" otto cats
4 - 1" red clawed crabs
1 - 4" Malawi Crab :-)
All have been in there for entire 2 months of tanks set up
I also recently bought an ista 88g cO2 kit and has been hooked up for a week going about 1 bubble per second and still no plant growth on moss, low light plant or even water sprite.
Plant in last picture: Hygrophila Corymbosa 'Angustifolia'
(found this in an article "Due to its normally fast growth, it can be used as an indicator plant for several key plant nutrients. Small holes forming on the older leaves signal a potassium deficiency, premature yellowing and dying of older leaves signals a nitrate deficiency, and pale, almost white new growth usually signals an iron or trace deficiency."
I think the problem is lack of Nitrates but again tank have been going for 2 months and all above listed nutrients have been out in weekly. Would lack of Nitrates do all this?
Any and all feedback will be greatly appreciated!