Jungle Val- How do I grow it?
It feels like everybody can grow Jungle Val like weeds; I somehow manage to kill it. I've also tried Italian Val and had the same result. I plant it and about a week or so later it starts to melt, it never sprouts new leaves and dies.
I use RO water in my tank that is remineralized. Currently I'm using Aquavitro Mineralize for that, but I'm going to be switching to Kent Marine RO Right. I don't know if it will make a difference or not, but it was what I was able to get my hands on. Yesterday I dragged the test kits out:
Tank: 40 breeder
Light currently being used: Fluval Aquasky
Tank temp: 78
pH: 7.2 ( I get here by adding a pinch of baking soda to the tank as needed)
Ferts used: Tropica-the orange one as it doesn't contain nitrates. I have ordered root tabs for my Amazon swords. They will be here in a couple of days.
I turn tank lights on at 9 AM, shut them off at 3 PM. If I happen to miss the 9 AM time, I adjust the the time lights are shut off. Regardless, plants get 6 hours of light.
How do I address this? Do I chase the GH & KH? Increase the time lights are on? Use root tabs for them as my substrate is a mix of Eco-Complete, Flourite and small gravel? All them or some combo of any of them?
I have a bag of small pieces Seiryu Stone coming. I have plans to use this in a nano tank project, but since it alters water parameters, I could try using it in the to try to stablize the GH and KH if need be. I don't know if it would work or if it would help.