I would contact some of the usual sellers here for plants.
To me it's the best selection, plant health, and value.
Keep the updates coming. I am enjoying following along.
Being from Canada makes buying form this forum tough
I'll go ahead and post a wanted ad, but I never see Canadian folks swapping much. We need to change that!
Well, 2nd update for the day. I went and spot treated some staghorn algae with H2O2 and decided to test NO3. This is AFTER my 50% water change from yesterday, API NO3 kit gave me well past 80ppm! Again, after a 50% water change! So, I shook the living hell out of the bottles and tested again, plus my tap. Tap was 0, tank was pushing 80+ ppm again, so I did a large water change and got those numbers down. I'm in the 10-20ppm range now, so tomorrow I'm thinking of another 25% or 50% as a final reset water change, and get back into my routine afterwards.
Water change TDS - 190ppm
Tank after 2 large changes - 250ppm
Tap - 420
So given those numbers I would assume my NO3 dosing is the source. I do weekly 50% water changes, so obviously I am dosing too much.
What I am planning on doing is going back to my roots and making up a liquid solution of fertilizer. I have done this in for the past 5-6 years with great success, and now I have fallen victim to "why change what isn't broke syndrome". Basically I follow aquariumfertilizer.com's mix and dose according to plant mass and algae growth. If I see good growth and algae, I cut it back, if I see no algae and slow growth, I bump it up until I find a balance, and slowly increase dosing as plant mass builds. Usually I see great growth and colour and only have to scrub algae every 4-5 weeks. Weekly 50% water changes are the normal. See pictures for a few past tanks using this dosing method.
I'll likely keep up with increased micro's as that seems to be a hot topic... no science to it, just an extra dash of CSM-B 3 times weekly and see how things go.
Oh, I guess I should acknowledge the stocking in the tank.
~ 10 CPD's
7 x chili rasboras (never see them, I'm removing them at some point)
1 x Powder blue dwarf gourami (girlfriend wouldn't let me leave the store without it....)
3 x oto cats
5 x amano shrimp
1 struggling orange neo shrimp colony
1 x juvenile purple mystery snail from the damn things breeding in my other tank.
For me, it seemed to disappear over time. My used to appear as 'sunset' for about a year and a half. Now mine are almost pure green. Same plants and parameters.
I figured it was something along the lines of that. Oh well, I have a home for the H. polysperma whenever I want it gone.