The algae issue continues to slowly improve. I am seeing new leaves on almost every plant now but I also know that stressed plants can also show signs of growth. Since I am running a dirted tank that is only a month and a half old I am pretty sure that macros and micros are ok but I am going to get some test kits for the various nutrients that plants need.
CO2 has been my major concern of late and as was posted in a thread I started on DIY CO2 I really need to do a lot more research, both here and on Google. I have been looking through old threads here but as was pointed out to me I really do need to understand the processes much better than I do before attempting this. I might wait another month even before deciding on DIY vs pressurized CO2. The good news is if I go with pressurized CO2 I can buy components like I would if I were building a custom computer. I can choose what parts I want and buy them over time as to make it more affordable. At least from what I have read most of the expense is up front and refills cost far less. Depending on the size of the cylinder it could last as little as a month to as much as a year on a 45.
For now I am trying to get low light plants settled in, with a lot of fast growers. It is my hope to get them settled in while I figure out the CO2 situation. Once I get them situated then I can start on medium light fast growers that can shade the lower light plants. In a couple of weeks I hope to add a banana plant and water wisteria, and possibly a few others. I know there are some plants that will show red in low to medium light but I need to research them more as well.