Hi everyone. I need some advice to get my plants to that lush green you see in aquascaping photos. I have a 55gal (48"x12"x22") with 1 planted+ light, which I've recently stopped using the 24/7 cycle and gone to on/off settings to get my algae to die off. Anyhow, I'm seeking to solve 2 related issues, and one I'll throw on the post. I'm injecting CO2 with a grigg's reactor (no 7-up look, I'm assuming it's dissolving), and dose the full line (N, P, K, Fe, Trace, Excel, and Advance) of flourish products (minus the all-in-one Flourish, itself). When I added the CO2, I stopped using Excel for about a week, and within three days, my plants all went brown. Since then, I've started adding a smaller dose of Excel and got my KH high enough to maintain a proper CO2 Level.
I test Nitrates, KH, Phosphate, and Iron daily, my ammonia and Nitrites have never spiked, and my Nitrate level only went up when I wasn't daily testing and I overdosed Nitro.
Here are today's results:
pH: 6.9 (the milwaukee controller keeps this stable)
KH: 6deg When I compare pH to KH, my CO2 levels are in the green zone.
NH3/4: 0 to minimal
Fe: Always 0 at first test, and .1ppm after dosing 1 cap of Iron
Temp: 75deg F
Here's what I dose daily: (c stands for capfull)
3c K (does anyone else have issues with crystals forming in their Potassium bottles?)
N,P, and Fe as needed after testing.
I have Water sprite, elodea, dwarf sagittaria, moss, and an amazon sword, the water sprite does well, but like I said I had a die-off when I first added the CO2 system, so we're recovering from that. What do I need to be doing to get that lush look that the masters have?
PS: any tips for getting rid of all the tiny particulates?