So after a week of:
-Adding 2.5 tsp of MgSO4 after the water change on Sunday
-Dosing full EI
-Attempting to balance CO2 for the entire lights on period. This failed miserably due to running out of one of my bottles due to a leak, accidentally leaving the new bottle closed for part of the next day somehow, and getting a new diffuser and having to dial that in. Next week will be better and I will dial it in using Blacktetra’s advice.
-Realizing I hadn’t properly degassed my pH sample when I was first figuring out CO2 injection, and I was actually getting a 1.5 pH drop instead of 1! This explains my pH of ~6.6 and “liquid rock” water hardness readings. I’m gonna try to balance it at around a 1.2ish drop for now, as I can confidently say that level hasn’t affected livestock behavior, and 1.5 was pushing it.
Here is how things are looking. I have noticed faster growth and more red coloration. Unfortunately I still have some of the same issues in my stem plants. Additionally I’m noticing a bit more twisting of leaves and inrolling of leaf margins, which was happening before but I hadn’t paid it too much attention.
In good news, my cherry shrimp fry have been enjoying hiding in all the hair algae In growing!
My poor Pogostemon helferi “Red”:
Rotala mexicana “Goias”:
AR “variegated” showing inrolled margins:
Ludwigia repens with twisted leaves, inrolled margins:
Rotala rotundifolia showing more color but similar issues as last week:
Limnophila aromatica “Belem” showing browning tips etc., although this one is newly added so it could be melting from moving tanks/shipping: