So run down of the tank,
55 gallon, low tech, medium light (im thinking still haven't found the answer), substrate is inert Carib sea super naturals ultra fine gravel, it's moderately planted
rotala rotundifolia (alot)
Wisteria (4 stems)
pearlweed (approx 50 stems)
Amazon sword (1)
13 crypt wendtii red (they grow out of control)
6 crypt balansae
couple stems of money wart (4)
water sprite (2)
I don't know what I'm doing wrong I can't get anything to grow except the crypt wendtii reds the rotala and anubias, I do EI dosage at 5/0.5/5 2x weekly and csm+B & DTPA 11% to target 1 ppm fe 2 x weekly, my light is a fluval 3.0 running about 60-65% I think (I'll add a Pic to see if someone can help me with about how much par I'm running at) I'm guessing 40 par @ 17", I trim rotala every week, the bottoms are healthy so I haven't removed them I trim my Amazon constantly as it doesn't grow even with a nilcog root tab under it, leaves turn transparent and get holes in them (don't know why), older leaves on anubias start to curl under so I'm assuming calcium deficiency on that do in all trying to figure out how I can fix that issue, I use the dig technique to trim the anubias (remove the top layer of the rhizome when removing leaves) , I also score the rhizome to help promote more growth (someone told me that's what I should do).
So here's the issue, I have a wicked case of hair algae removing it every week by the hand fulls, I haven't changed anything in 1.5 months as I was trying to many things to quickly before, but what I'm doing now isn't working either, I cannot afford c02, nor do I have the experience in it, I don't have a canister filter so my flows kinda garbled as I have 2 aquaclear hob's a 110 and a 70 (could be one issue not sure?) and a hydor 425 gph WaveMaker... but why can't I get plants to grow? Which in turn would possibly eliminate the algae issue? I do a 50% water change every week, every 2nd water change I use a turkey baster to disrupt the surfaces of substrate to remove Organics.
Tank parameters are
Nitrate 5-10 (after dosing its around 15-20, at the end of the week it's 5-10, could the algae be consuming it and starving the plants so they aren't growing like they should?)
TDS after a water change is 160 at the end of the week it's 175-180
Kh 4-5 (4 drops)
Gh 7-8 (7 drops)
Phosphate 2-2.2 (innacurate seachem test kit)
Tap water parameters are
Tds (varies on the season, 50 summer 130-140 winter)
I don't understand why I can get rotala to grow like weeds but I can't get the easiest plants (Wisteria /water sprite to grow), I always hear you need c02, you need a canister, you need dirt substrate etc etc I just simply cannot afford them due too I'm disabled.
So a quick summary
Why can't I get plants to grow which would out compete the algae possibly?
Why do I have defiencies when I shouldn't?
Can I beat this hair without c02 if do how?
If I can't get Wisteria /water sprite to grow is there an alternative stem plant that's as good at excess nutrient consumption?
Could me having a low fish bioload be a contributor, if so I'll up fish amounts (I need to anyways to calm my boesesmani down he's a jerk)
I'm literally grasping at straws as I've been consistent for 1.5 to 1.8 months with everything and haven't changed anything.
Sorry if this is extensive, if I left anything out or if anything catches your eye please let me know im going nuts
Pics are a couple weeks old, pearlweed is much more grown in now. The Wisteria in the back has been in the tank a month and not even 6"
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