Hi, long time reader first time poster.
I have recently flooded my 3.7 gallon nano tank, after scrapping my attempt with the DSM when mold started to form. The trouble is that all my plants are dying, which I attribute to the ammonia spike which seems uncontrollable (8+ ppm) with high nitrates as well.
Is there any way I can save my tank's plants? I have 4 types in there: Fissidens Fontanus, Micranthemum, limnophila sessiliflora, rotala macrandra. Granted, none of the plants were very well rooted once I flooded, but all the Macro and Trace elements are there, so shouldn't they be able to assist in the cylcing process? I have read that Tetra Safe Start could help, but my ammonia is so high that I think it would just kill any of the BB that I put in. Any suggestions on how to save my plants? all of them are melting
-3.7 gallon Pennplax curved
-Base layer of Miricle grow with osmocote plus, covered with thin sand cap then fluval stratum with root tabs.
-Finnex Fugeray Planted+ clip light
-Basic sponge filter
-Co2 injection at about 3 bbs with JARLDI co2 diffuser