Yeah I have to admit it's been TOO one sided lately. But hope springs eternal so maybe they will get it done this year!
When I look at your mix of plants (crypts, swords, ferns, moss, anubia, saggitaria, AR mini, S. Repens, etc.), most are not ones that are going to "explode" in growth. Mostly slower/steady growers there. And nothing wrong with that. They do better growing slowly.
The tricky part would be if you start adding some faster growing stems to the mix.
What is the pH drop and dosing? Don't need extreme levels of each for now.
Maybe so! You guys always bring your best for our game haha.
That's true, I guess I was expecting faster growth from the monte carlo/dwarf hairgrass/rotalas. About a month ago I was using softened tap water, which had a very low GH and a very high KH, which was causing me issues. Think some of the plants are still adjusting to that pretty radical shift in parameters, to basically no KH (Though I think my seriyu stone is causing some KH) and 6-7 GH.
I've been using rotalabutterfly for my dosing, I set up an auto-doser so I don't have to measure out ferts every day, but this means that I don't have a lot of leeway in changing ferts unless I want to toss out chemicals. You can see my dosing regimen here, it's set up to auto-dose an hour before the lights come on in the morning, micros and macros on alternating days, 60-75% water change on the weekend. Though I just realized that Equilibrium, which I use to remineralize my RO, has a bunch of potassium in it, so I can probably just cut out the K2SO4 dosing.
CO2 is set at 20 ccs/min, which gives me about a pH drop of 1.00 Typically I'll see it go from 7.7-6.7 or so.