Ok so about 6 months ago i cam across a great deal and setup a 265 gallon tank of some beutiful fish. I also planted quite a few plants in the tank but i believe my oxygen levels are way too high for them to grow as they all died within a few weeks.
Anubias whatever it is
And some red plants
Those dwarf tear things and all that
I started the plants first with the top of the tank covered in plastic in sunlight and my finnex planted 24/7 lights. Root tabs and planted in small planting pots with large holes for the roots to expand out of as my fish are the digging type and the tank has pool filter sand as the substrate (with some plant substrates in the pots.) So after every plant except a few swords have died off, the algae began to grow. I have since upgraded my filtration a bit and now not even the algae grows, but my fish are the brightest and most active and healthy that they could be. Plenty of driftwood in the tank as well.
Ok heres that question part!
Is it the pool filter sand, high air count and lack of co2? Not established enough to have the good nasty stuff in the sand or some combination of them all? The high amount of biomedia i planned to reduce as the plants started to take?
How do i begin to add plants to this tank now that it is established? And do i absolutely have to get C02? Just need to know where to begin as i like a good aquascaped tank.
Ammonia, nitrites,nitrates all read 0 most of the day.
55gallon diy sump 1200gph
Maxspect gyre 150 at 50%
3 kilos of k1 media running and 15 gallons of biomedia.
13 columian tetras
10 geophagus red head tapajo
2 geo winemilleri
11 roseline sharks
2 super red severums
2 chocolate cichlids
2 rubberlip plecos
1 black ghost knife
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