They say jungle vals are easy and grow quick. For some reason my vals seem to die.
I've changed the gravel to fluorite.
The lights are T-5 HO
Tank is 40 Gallons.
I'm on the hunt for CO2 and still saving coin & researching regulators. I know the addition of CO2 will help, but ferts are also needed.
What I've been doing:
Excel & liquid CO2, but I've read that this can harm vals. So I stopped using it.
Once a week I do a water change and add a dose of mineralize (from seachem). It's 13.5% Calcium, 1.2% Magnesium.
Occasional (2 times a week, 3 times?) I add a dose of envy (also from seachem). http://www.aquavitro.com/products/envy.html
I'm on a well and have been told that we've got hard water.
Enter the confusion:
I was at a LFS where I found out about the Barr report and EI. At this fish store they had powdered KNO3 (potassium nitrate) and KH2PO4 (potassium phosphate). But without selling the stuff, they told me to read up on the barr report then come back for the goods.
It will take me some time to get my head around all the info on that site, and I found a thread here where the EI was discussed (pros & cons).
So ...what's missing in my tank that vals aren't happy? What's needed for plants to take off (and what changes once CO2 gets added)?