I have been in the aquarium hobby for 8+ years and in the planted tank hobby for about 1.5 years. I have tried so many different things and I feel like I am still coming up short. I find that no matter what I do:
1. I can't keep groundcover/carpeting plants alive for more than a month (cuba, montecarlo, hairgrass, you name it). It always stalls then promptly dies off.
2. I can't keep everything in my tank from becoming covered in algae. I have tried lowering my photoperiod, introducing competitive plants, blackouts, introducing algae eaters, consistent water changes, manual removal, excel, hydrogen peroxide, increase biological filtration, etc.
I don't understand what I am doing wrong, I feel like I have tried everything. If you have ANY advice please say.
-Finnex Fugeray Planted + clip light
-2" of miracle grow infused with root tabs capped with 2" of fluval stratum and sand mixture
-1 bps injected co2 when lights are on
-6-8 hour photoperiod
-biological and mechanical filtration
-78 Degrees +/- 1 degree
-3 amano shrimp and 5 Dream velvet blue shrimp
-hornwort, rotala macrandra, Christmas moss, bucephilandra 'copi susu', salvinia minima, and remnants of some mini dwarf hairgrass
-Dosing nilocg all in one, once every 2 days (in an attempt to discourage the algae growth)
-20% water changes twice a week
-Water parameters: ph 6.7 Ammonia 0ppm Nitrite 0-.25ppm Phosphate 1ppm KH 3 GH 17
I feel like I should be having more success, but I feel like it all is just going up in flames. This is not my first attempt and hoped to avoid my previous downfalls. I really appreciate this community and any help is beyond welcome.
Full tank shot
Christmas moss and other plants being attacked by algae.