Hi everyone. Just setup my first planted tank last weekend. I initially was trying to do a low-tech setup without CO2 or Excel. After doing a ton of online reading I'm still not totally sure what I'm doing here. lol
It seems that I like higher light plants and didn't really do my plant research admittedly before I bought them. So far, the stem plants are not looking too good. Kinda brown and wilty looking compared to how they looked at the store.The baby tears also are getting a little brown. My setup:
Aprox. 10 gallon glass tank with Marineland HOB filter
JBJ 25w Macro-Glo clamp on light
2in. Flourite sand over 1in. of Peat
Do I need more plant Bio-Mass?
In order to keep the stems I chose happy and healthy do I have to dose Excel or setup CO2?
Is what I'm seeing now just part of the acclimation process for the plants, will they perk up after a couple weeks?
If I go with excel or CO2 should I begin dosing right away?
Any suggestions or comments are appreciated.