Thanks for the responses so far!
A bit on my feeding:
I feed my betta 2 pellets a day when hes at the surface of the tank, so they dont find their way to the bottom. The shrimp survive off the algae only, and very occasionally ill throw some thera + sinking food (1-2 pellets) for them to eat.
I had what i thought to be seiryu stones in for a while and it threw my GH up past 17, so i removed it a month or two ago. I also have a piece of driftwood with java fern, anubias, and moss attached that i've had for about 3-4 years now. I heard that co2 can cause stones to leak excess minerals into the water, so i figured that's what the issue was, there. Additionally, I have 2 indian almond leaves that have been in there for 2-3 weeks now.
I have 3 large tourmaline balls, seen here: Tourmaline Mineral Balls - Han Aquatics
I have cichlid stones for my betta and shrimps since they like to hide:
Deco-Replicas Stone Hide-Aways|Aquarium Decorations and Ornaments
I'm worried i might be overdosing ferts, but my plants are showing signs of deficiencies and i'm trying to figure out what might be out of wack. Dosing is honestly the most difficult part of plant keeping, since i can never seem to figure out what suites my light/co2 needs.
I dose seachem liquid ferts:
- 2.5ml trace ferts 1x a week
- 1.25ml flourish 1x a week
- 1.25 ml iron 1-2 weeks
- 2.5ml phosphorus 1x a week
- 2.5ml potassium 1x a week
I took my water out and placed it in a cup to get another reading, and it came to about the same. =(
ALSO: My dechlorinator is prime, and i usually throw 1/2 a capful in with each water change. is that too much?