I have a new tank that is my very first (journal
). It's about three weeks in to being flooded. I need some advice from you folks to make sure I am still moving in the right direction. (I apologize for not knowing the names of any of the plants; I went shopping with a 1 and 3 year old and just pointed and picked).
In short, I'm dealing with three different things (and i have pictures!):
1) some of my plants seem to be doing okay. Color looks fine, growing, etc. Putting down roots. Yea! That gives me hope I'm not dealing with a catastrophe.
2) Some of my plants appear to be growing but don't look so okay (browned out a bit weak looking) ... maybe they are unhealthy or maybe it is an algae/fungus/issue? But they are putting out roots and growing new leaves. See the plant in the featured in the first of the two pictures as an example:
3) Some of my plants wilted entirely. One of them is because I was dealing with the BGA and used H2O2 on the leaves (at least I think that's why). The other I don't know. After about a week it lost all its leaves.
4) My HC, which I started in a dry start, is looking rather pale/brown ... as if a lot of the leaves are dying (or going to die).
And here is a full tank shot with some more perspective:
So I guess it's a general question: what am I not thinking of? What should I be doing?
My flow is a Eheim 2217 spray bar horizontal pointing about 25% down into the tank. My lights
are from buildmyled.com (too bright? not enough light).
Am still doing more than a 50% water change more than once a week - I was trying to cycle the tank but am sort of pausing ... so I haven't dosed the ammonia in a couple days.
Here are some of my recent measurements last night after a 65% water change yesterday during the day:
pH 6.4 (that's with the CO2)
Phosphate at 5ppm (although it creeps up to 10+ before a water change)
Ammonia 0.5ppm (was trying to cycle the tank but I'm sort of holding off)
nitrite 1ppm (was 5+ prior to water change)
nitrate at 80ppm (i've seen it much higher)
GH was at a 10 last i measured it
I am dosing:
1/2 tsp KNO3, 1/8 tsp of K2SO4, KH2PO4 (3x week)
1/8 tsp PLANTEXB, 7ml Flourish Iron (3x week)
I appreciate the expert help and let me know if I am missing anything I should be looking at. Thanks!