hi im new to the forum so i would firstly like to say hello to the planted tank community, hello
i need help with a tank i decided to set up a few weeks back. i have 20 years experience with fish keeping and i did have a planted tank when i was about 12 and they all died so i went back to plastic lol.
15 years on i have decided to turn a tank i had sitting round into a planted tank and give aquascaping a go so here goes
brace yourself lol
i have a 3f by 1ft by 1ft that has a built in hood the light i feel personally is insufficient but hopefully you can help with that it currently has a 25w (18000k) light in the hood as it only houses one, ( im thinking about going for a light i can sit on top but im new to all this lol.
my set up consists of plants i was able to order online or get from my lfs.
i use tetraplant completesubstrate (2inches thick) fertilise with plantamin liquid fertisliser and also crypto root fertiliser, i dont use co2 as im confused about it, not by its purpose but set up and plant requirments. so i dont bother to use it, i have a co2 reader though and its too much in the morning (yellow) and just right at night (green) on top of the 2inch layer completesubstrate i have a tiny gravel i believe its about 1-2 mm thick.
when i cry (quite litrally) lol to my partner about my plants and stuff he just goes "dunno " lol so im coming here for help hoping you fine professionals can help me
ill try my best to name the plants i have currently but im not 100 % on some of them:
java fern x1
anubias nana x2
amazon swords x2
ludgwia red x1
bamboo shoots x 5 (i think )
madacascar lace x1
malayan aqua fern x1
2x spirilis type (tiny)
Cabomba Australis or a similar species x1
Hemianthus callitrichoides x 2
another fine grass type dark course leaves x 2
another small rounded leaf type i have no idea what it is lol. i think its Ammania sp. 'Bonsai' (Dwarf Bonsai)
i have 2 peices of bogwood not very big at each end with a few pebbles in random places, first when i started the wood got covered in a type of jellystuff, it is now only a tiny amount left and its browny and hairy but not hair algea just tiny hairs, i have 3 fish in the tank 2 corydoras and 1 chinese algea eater,
i have one fillter in the tank (fluval 4) with only a tiny amount of water movement on the top, my madacascar lace had one tiny leaf when i got the bulb now it has 4 huge leaves and new ones growing, the baby dragon tears (hc) which i split and planted died and i have only 2 tiny shoots of it alive and green
hopefully it will thrive if i can help it. all the other plants are growing very slowly. i do a weekly water change weekly and i gently suck debris of the gravel weekly also.
i think the light is not enough but the hood is built in so not much i can do except totally replace the lid with other tubes. the temp is 74, ph 7.5, ammonia 0, nitrate 5-10 nitrite 0 last time i tested it. i keep the light on for about 10-14 hours a day.
i am so stressed out i just want a beautiful tank i did have an aqua plan but it hasnt ended up how i imagined. it looks dull and boring lol ill get some pics soon to show you, i know it takes time but i read articles online and follow other peoples experince and thats why i think something is wrong with mine.
the pic at the end the little green rounded plant im not sure what that is, or the grass type near the filter and after looking at the pics it looks good, but i notice no new growth except the odd tiny shoot.
please any advice would be appreciated and i thank you in advance