Have I bought into the Hype of ADA?
I recently had my 12 gal planted aquarium crash due to too many ferts, not enough water changes. My tank filled with algea and destroyed many of my plants in the process. I opted to tear it down and start a new. I decided on a Dutch Style scape and aimed it to look just like the experts on YouTube. After watching countless hours of GreenMachine videos I decided that, just like James Findlay, I too would use all the substrate additives, power sand, Amazonia and powder soil on top- you know for the dwarf baby tears. I followed the ADA directions and then planted all my new plants and some old ones hoping for a Dutch-Style inspired finish. Dutch-Style it is not however as my plants have began to melt.
My new setup is about a week old. I seeded my tank with media from older tanks. I'm not currently using any ferts, but I have need using my mini Fluval co2 while I wait to upgrade to a larger set-up.
I don't think lighting is the problem. I have a Mr Aqua M3 LED light which is quite bright I need sunglasses and my plants are still melting.
I know sometimes replanting, moving, or panting previously emersed plants can cause some issues but I don't believe it's the problem in my case because I had left-over reinekii mini that I planted in an old shrimp tank. The AR in my 12 long turned green before it began to melt while the AR in my shrimp tank stayed red and thriving.
Has my YouTube planted tank education not paid off? Did I skip a video along the way? What can I do to immediately stop my plants from completely melting into oblivion?