First off what a great site, i have been reading alot of articles on here and have just registered
Ok background... I have the following:
Fluval Duo Deep 1200 49gl tank (360 degree view in centre of room)
1x 40w Flora Glow, 1x 40w Red Light (10hrs per day)
BioPlast Pressurised co2 with solenoid and a JBL Vario diffuser set to 1b/sec
Drop Checker (not in use as waiting for 4DHK water to arrive)
Eheim 2224 filter
Regular substrate (no fertilising, just small gravel)
Fluval 4plus filter (just acting as a powerhead for flow)
1x Angel, 3x SAE`s, 2x dwarf guarmi`s, 4x red tail botia, 5x bristlenoses, 1x cloan loach, 2x columbian tetras.
1x Anubis, 8x Versalis, 6x pennywort, and about 10-15 other plants that i dont know (yet
Co2 (as this afternoon, 2 days after installing the full rig) 9.3ppm (ph/kh)
I have had the tank for around 5-6 years but have never had plants before, i purchased about 10-15 plants 3 months ago and used a pair of tetra co2 canisters as i was advised that i had a severe lack of co2 in the tank and serious hair algae issues which have almost gone since the co2 went in.
Up until 2 weeks ago i wasn`t fertilising either so i have been using seachem NPK, Trace and iron with weekly doses as i had what appeared an iron defiency. This has been ok but i have had to purchase a full co2 pressurised kit and this has been in the tank for 48hrs with solenoid turning it off over night.
Plants seem to grow quick (and today i had my first perling on the pennywort which i`m delighted with) but after a couple of weeks the tips of most leaves turn brown and seem to die, not sure if this is normal as i don`t know lifespan of some of the plants.
Should i keep doing what i am now or should i change the fertilizer, co2 or any other aspect. Apologies in advance, i`m a newbie to this but i think i have learned alot already, just need to get an idea on good regimes and get a feel for the tank
Pictures (as it`s probably easier for you guys to see where i`m going wrong (these were before co2 kit went in) and i need to re-aqua scape i think as my placement is probably all wrong)