We're having decent results with the tank so far. The pH seems stable at 7.4, and the temperature is at 78F. We finally are seeing some nitrite, so our cycle is progressing. The nitrite was at 0.25 and ammonia was about 0.1 before a water change last night.
We added a black background to the tank, which I think looks better. Here's a recent FTS:
We put a Koralia Nano 240 in the back corner to add a bit more flow and eliminate a dead spot. We also took the plunge and ordered a CO2 system. We purchased a 5lb tank, a ceramic diffuser, and a DICI dual gauge regulator with solenoid and bubble counter. The regulator is expected to arrive in 1.5 weeks to 4 weeks, so hopefully it arrives soon!
All of the fish are still alive and healthy as far as I can tell. Unfortunately, not all of the plants are doing so great. The limnophila look pretty dead, but I'm hoping something will sprout once we add the CO2.
Only one stem of the bonsai is still fully green. Should I remove the mostly brown stems?
Most of the alternanthera reineckii is melting.
The ludwigia look pretty good overall and the tips have turned red again, but some of leaves are darkening at the ends.
Any advice for helping the plants? Should I reduce excel or add gh booster?