Plants turning yellow and swords have holes
I'm not sure which forum to post this question. Since I'm doing mineralized soil, I decided to post here. If the wrong forum, please let me know where I should post, and I will gladly delete this one and place in the correct forum.
I setup my mineralized top soil tank last Thursday not knowing what I was doing since this is my first planted tank since my old one decades ago where I just threw plants into the gravel under stock hood lights and they grew.
I put in the soil capped with CQ T-grade. I did not have any clay; so I dug river silt which is 35% clay and calculated accordingly. Filled the tank, added Stability, then planted. Tank specs are as follows:
72X18X28.4 tank. (Water level 2 inches from top)
3X24 28 T5 HO 10K Nova Extreme
3X24 28 TG HO 6.8K (I think... says plant light and are pink) Nova Extreme
(Lights are 2.5 inches from tank top making 4.5 inches total from water)
With API test strips (I know I need real testing kits, but my biz folded two weeks ago and hubbie was laid off last Thurs, so... I'm stuck for now.)
Fish: 4 juvie angels and 3 cories
The first three days, the plants grew like crazy... just tons of new growth on everything. I expected 90% to melt since I didn't know how to plant them, didn't know what the vast majority of the plants were, didn't care... just stuck them in to heavily plant per Tom Barr. I intended to keep those that survived and go from there. I didn't scape at all... just stuck them in without rhyme or reason planning to move the survivors later and build a scape around those.
I did have this horrid white stuff growing on the stumps I got from the river. Originally I intended to purchase manzanita from a member on another forum, but the layoff occurred; so I put in the river stumps I had found earlier to use for now. I don't believe I cleaned them adequately. I yanked the stumps and the smell was putrid. I spent 4 hours scraping all the rot, soaked them in chlorine, rinsed and rinsed, and put them back in the tank.
Yesterday, I pulled the sword (the one plant I know) and removed all the icky leaves and replaced. The remaining leaves are now turning yellow on the ends. Many of the other plants are turning yellow. All the new growth has come to a standstill. No more beautiful light green on most of the plants. I do have some kind of leggy plant that is growing. My (what I think to be a Val... long thinnish leaves that look twisty.... is holding its own. Half the leaves were melted when I got it in the mail. I just left them and the rest are still there... no growth, no death... just existing. About three plants are melting that I don't know what they are and couldn't identify now to save my life since the leaves are shot. Basically, I think they're all going down because the overall look of the vast majority of the plants are yellow... not green.
What do do?
The tank is deep; so I don't know if the light is getting down there. I bought HOs due to a recommendation from someone that thought those would have a better chance of cutting through all that water. Or... the light is making it and I need CO2? As you can see, I am at a loss and don't know which way to turn to try to fix this.
Oh... and no algae at all so far (except for the plants that arrived in the mail with algae); so I should say no new algae.
Any help you guys could give me would be greatly appreciated!