Been a while! Last I was here I was having shrimp troubles, but now the population has recovered and I have a whole load of them!
At the moment though, I am having some issues with the plants in my aquarium, which are: Pogostemon helferi, Eleocharis acicularis, Vallisneria, Crytocoryne walkeri and Cabomba aquatica (?). The latter completely died off and I had to replace it, and that was before the other plants started having problems.
In general, there is some leaf yellowing and disintegration/melting, as well as some localised areas of high algae growth (whether my shrimp and Stiphodons have just skipped over those areas I don't know).
The java moss and Egeria are doing fine though. Nothing wrong with shrimp, gobies, or Rasbora either.
From what I've read online these symptoms are classic CO2 deficiency, and maybe minerals too. My tank is currently at the following:
KH - 7-8 drops, ~135ppm
GH - 9-10 drops, ~170ppm
pH - 7-7.5
TDS - ~200ppm
Temp - 22/23C
The light is a Aqua Expert 70 LED and on for <8 hours each day. There is some bogwood and mineral stones present in the tank too.
I've been looking at getting some liquid CO2 and fertilisers. I was wondering, do I need both? Which would be safest for my fish and shrimp?
I've seen a lot about Flourish Excel
, and while I haven't seen it in my LFSs, it is available online!
At my LFS they have: Colombo FloraGrow Carbo CO2 alternative, Microbe-Lift liquid CO2 fertiliser, AquaCare plant root fertiliser tablets
and AquaCare aquarium plant tablets
. Has anyone on here had any experience with these, and would recommend them?
Excuse the crap lighting and picture lol. Hopefully if the products work well I'll be able to get some more plants and put in some new substrate/re-scape the tank - it's a bit too basic at the moment for my liking having seen some on here!