Newbie Needs Help
I'm a newbie to posting, but I've used the Planted Tank as my guide to set up my tank a couple years ago. I have a Fluval Spec V with a Nerite Snail, Mystery Snail and 7 mature (no longer egg laying) female RCS.
I recently had the original Fluval light burn out and decided it was time to do a reboot of the tank. I replaced the substrate with CaribSea Eco Complete, A Marimo Moss Ball, Cryptocoryne, Bacopa. I purchased a Finnex Stingray aquarium light as well as replacing all the filter materials.
I cycled/primed the tank with the plants in and I've done a 20% water change once a month, water tests great. I leave the lights on (timer) for 10 hours a day and feed once every few days. The shrimp/snails seem to be doing great. The plants, however, are not doing so well. They are turning a little brown and they are bubbling quite a bit. I'm also noticing more algae on the sides (there was never any before the reboot).
Any suggestions on changes I should try?