Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Palm Beach Florida
Need some advice here
So I dove into the high tech tank for the first time, going from a 125 gallon low tech dirted tank ( did well with most plants I had but super messy and kind of a pain). So I added two high lights, CO2 injection with a NilcocG reactor to help dissolve most CO2 into the water. My only issue here is the substrate. Somewhere during my research I read that Seachem Fluorite was a great substrate. I opted to go all in on that and had to buy 8 bags to fill my tank. $$$. Now I am waiting for my tank and current plants to take off and nothing is happening. Granted its only been 3 weeks but I planted at least 200 small propagations of Dwarf Hairgrass and id say 1/3 has died. How can this be? My only thoughts are that the substrate is too rough for the DHG to grow and root, or that they are semi heavy root feeders as well and I don't have any nutrients with my substrate.
Now here lies my question; Should I tear it all down and start over again with some sort of aquasoil which is also going to be a lot of $$$, or give this substrate more time? I do dose the water column regularly as well.
Any advice on which substrates are preferred to grow a thick DHG carpet would be great!!!