My plants are growing but more slowly then expected and with some issues. Will upload pictures on some of the issues I am having. But can list some of them right now.
HC Cuba - Looks healthy but pretty much not growing it all. Some few spots of bba on old leaves.
Dwarf hair grass - Growing but quite a few strands seem to catch bba after a while, looking somewhat pale.
Marsilea crenata - Not growing, old growth looking unhealthy with dark coloration and decaying leaves. Some new growth but really slow.
Several Eriocaulon species - Growing extremely slow and looking pale, old growth decay and melt.
Cryptocoryne albida 'Brown' - Growing slowly, old leaves start forming pot holes and then start melting and catching BBA
Several Java fern species - Growing good, but looking a bit pale. Old leaves start to turn transparent from the tips and inwards. New growth also affected.
Eleocharis species - Almost no new growth, the little growth there is start to decay and catch BBA
Pogostemon helferi - Almost all of it stopped growing pretty early on and has since then pretty much died out from the tank. Some pale new growth but then melts.
Hygrophila pinnatifida - Growed really well initially, big and healthy with loads of runners. Has since then came to a halt with small leaves and older leaves started to get lots of GSA followed by pinholes and then BBA at decaying edges.
Mayaca fluviatilis - Using this as a temporary indicator plant. Started out with thick healthy and fast growth, has slowed down and looking pale green with new leaves being really small and spindly. Has improved the last week as I has increased the dosing somewhat.
There is also a bunch of anubias and loads of mosses they look healthy for the most part, some of the more rare mosses are slowly decaying or not growing.
So there is deffo something going on, CO2 levels are on check and there is loads of pearling from the plants through the light cycle. So I am guessing that CO2 and Light levels are not an issue. Added a lot of floating plants to give some shade to slow down the growth a bit. Flow is good through the entire tank so that should not be an issue either. Especially good in the front and lower parts of the tank.
Triton are catered towards the Saltwater community guess that's where the money is
But I do not think the IPC equipment care if its salt or freshwater it atomizes. Could send them an email to verify. But the results look like they could be in the ballpark.
I have actually done some pretty frequent testing the last two weeks, especially when it comes to Iron levels and Phosphate. And yes I know that the test are not very accurate, or people claim so atleast. But my results at home and the lab results seem to be pretty much identical from the day the lab sample was taken.
I have not taken nitrate levels as frequently as both potassium and nitrate levels never been an issue. But I have done them a few times, as you can see in my first post I took those at the friday. Day after the Lab results were taken from the tank. Also took a No3 test yesterday and the levels are in the 20-30ppm range always. Though I did skip the WC this weekend due to the low PO4 levels. I also took another lab sample this sunday on WC day that are on it's way to the lab. I will do a 50% wc next sunday and take a last lab sample after that. Results will be posted here.
So questions for me, is my issues related to nutrients, and why is phosphates quickly running out after dosing day in a claimed non limiting dosing scheme. Is the problems only related to missing PO4 or is there also some traces missing. Iron levels now look to be within a reasonable level. But the earlier mentioned levels of Mb and Mo are non existing if the lab results are accurate.
My GH is up to 7dgh now using T.Barrs GH booster so Ca,Mg and K should not be an issue currently so the potholes should not be from lack of K.
Will attach the results as a pdf here instead.
Edit : Forgot about the Substrate. Its the new Ada Amazonia version.
Attaching some pics I took with my phone earlier in a hurry. Hopefully the quality will suffice.
Forgot to mention:
Yesterday i decided to try confirming the accuracy of my JBL PO4 test kit I am frequently using. After I came home from work in the middle of the night well after the days light cycle was over I decided to make a reference solution so made a 100ml solution using distilled water and only KH2PO4. Made it so that adding 10 ml of this solution would add a normal EI dose (1.2ppm PO4). Took a measurement from the tank before and then one hour after adding the solution to the tank. Then this night 24 hours after I took another measurement to see the uptake after one day cycle again, turned of the auto dosers during this period so nothing else was added.
First PO4 reading - 0.6 ppm
Second PO4 reading (after adding 1.2ppm) - 1.8 ppm
Third reading (1 light cycle after, 24 hours) - 0.4 ppm
So what I can make of this is that the test system seems to be accurate enough for this and that my plants seem to like Phosphates very much, were the hell does it all go?! That would give me a daily uptake of 1.2 ppm PO4, that can't be right ? If this is correct I would have to double the normal KH2PO4 amount for my batches. Is it my floating plants that are absorbing so much PO4? Sure there is a more than normal plant load considering the bottom is planted and the back wall and also the surface.