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Hello, I am new to planted tanks. I had set this tank up in Feb 2017. I didn't like the hardscape I had in the first photo and decided to break down my tank and start over. I'm using 9L of ada soil as the substrate, eheim 2215 filter, an archaea light, and after market pipes for inflow and outflow.

My hardscape is nothing extreme. I wanted all the hardscape to be on one side.

I'm not sure of the plants I have but the carpet that I'm trying out is Belem and dwarf hair grass. Belem I have it towards the tank on the left side of the photo and dwarf hair grass on the right side. The back of the tank are all stem plants but they have melted away for me. I'm dosing the tank with some of the bottles I have in the photo.

What's the reason for all my plants to melt away? Is it because I don't have enough waste? I recently added a guppy after I did a water testing where it was 0 across. I'm not sure on nitrate but just a last week it was very red, now it's either 0 or a little orange. I can't tell.

And lastly, my water became very cloudy, is that a bacteria bloom? I drained my tank a few days ago to replant and rescape. I'm waiting for it to clear up and do a last water test before I add my cpds, pair of Bolivian ram, do more plants. Any advice and tips? Thanks
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Are you going to be using C02?
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The reason why it is cloudy is because you moved the substrate which kicked up tonnes of stuff into the water column. You may want to do a filter clean next time you do a water change.
Keep monitoring the ammonia levels as they may rise from the rescape. Wait for that to bottom out before adding fish.
Your plants probably melted because they are adapting to your setup. That being said I see you have the Flourish line of fertilisers but how are you dosing them?
And as thejoe said are you injecting CO2?


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I haven't been dosing co2 besides those bottle so i have but my stem plants have either melted, rotting away or very transparent. I bought this co2 tank, regulator and stuff today. I'm not sure how to set it up yet but the guy told me it's missing the black rubber piece. Will show in the picture. He said I need that for it to count bubbles? Thanks. Here is an updated photo of my tank. No stock yet besides one guppy.
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The black o ring is what I'm missing on the bottom part but the top one has it. Picture 3 and 4
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ADA 60P, The Beginning

Can the guy get the black o-ring for you? CO2 will certainly help, although it may make things a bit more complex.
Your stem plants may bounce back after a while, although maybe it is best to start fresh with good healthy new ones.
Another thing is that you will want to use those fertilisers as the plants will need them, especially since you are going to be using CO2 soon. Look at rotalabutterfly.com and see how much of each fertiliser you should be dosing for the PPS-Pro regime, this regime will work for your setup. The nutrients you will need to be dosing are nitrate, phosphate, potassium and a micros blend. The micros can come from the Seachem fertiliser which is called Flourish without any subtitle. The others are also available in the Flourish line of fertilisers (e. Flourish Potassium), and you may have them already although I can't quite see the labels on the bottles. A bit confusing but heyho who am I to judge Seachem's naming of their products. You won't really need to dose the Excel if you are using CO2 although you can use it to kill algae by injecting straight at the algae.
I may not have done the best job of explaining, sorry, if you have any questions please do feel free to ask.

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