Hey everyone : ) So I just wanted to run something by you all.
I have a 50 gallon planted tank that's probably been set up for about a year. I have flourite as the substrate, an aquaclear 70 power filter, and a T5 HO light fixture. I leave the lights on 10 hours a day using a timer. I don't have a co2 system I don't know if I should get one or not. I have started dosing liquid co2 everyday according to directions starting this week, I was only doing that 3 times a week before. So I am hoping that will help. I also was dosing iron every other day according to the directions (although I think this is causing algae).
The thing is some of my plants I buy just don't live. I have some plants that do great, but others I buy just slowly die. It always seems like they are the coolest prettiest plants too. I have an reverse osmosis system and I just add Gh as I got frustrated with the ph kh stuff.
I am not a plant expert and I don't know the names and requirements of all plants. I am just not sure what I should be doing. Should I get more additives for the tank? Like I said some plants I buy just don't make it. I have some swords, stem plants, anubias, some type of grass looking plant, some water sprite, and some other unknown plants. I would like to get better more vigorous growth, I would love for some type of plant to cover the bottom of the tank like grass. I guess I am just not happy with the growth, maybe dosing the liquid co2 everyday will help?
Also, I think I am changing too much of the water. I change about 20 gallons of water every other week, not including evaporation (it evaporates a lot due to no lid). I wasn't sure if thats too much, what should I do for my situation? I just am kinda a clean freak when it comes to getting the gunk out of the substrate. Also I get brownish/ redish algae right before my tank is due for a cleaning, so that made me think something was off balance. Maybe too much light, or iron, or both.
So If anyone has advice, suggestions, and plant suggestions that would do well for my setup, all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading
My profile picture is the tank in question, more pictures available for plant identification. Any other info you need let me know.