Please Experts... What next??
This is my first try at a higher-tech tanks and from everything I've been reading as a lurker here leads me to believe things are not bad and could be much better. None of my plants are dying, but none are growing great either.
It's a standard 29 gallon (30"x12" footprint)
I'm running pressurized co2 with a red sea regulator and needle valve and a glass/ceramic diffuser, and the drop checker is constant green. I run it 24/7 and the fish have been completely unaffected.
I'm using 4 24w T5HO bulbs, 2x10000k, 1 6000k, one that doesn't say - it's purplish in colour and just says stuff about being good for plants.
The substrate is about 3 inches of ecocomplete.
I'm currently dosing 2ml of seachem flourish every 3 days.
Algae growth is constant but not problematic - it's a fuzzy, bright green, fairly stubborn type algae.
Now the plants are doing well, bright green and sprite, but I don't feel there is enough growth happening, in somecases not at all.
What I bought as dwarf hairgrass I now believe to be pygmy chain sword - it is in good condition and growing in steadily but gradually.
I have a couple types of anubius which are maintaining ok, but no new growth and the one new leaf I've gotten from them is all curled up.
I have a melon sword that grows in red leaves that turn green - this is the most successful plant in the tank - I had to prune it of most of it's leaves but it's got several new ones growing in - but I don't know if it is normal for the new leaves to come in rippled - the few mature leaves it has are flat.
I have corkscrew valisneria which is nice and green and not growing at all, never mind spreading.
I have a fairly scrawny brown wendtii that is existing fine but not growing new foliage or spreading.
The scrawny green crypt of some sort is doing pretty good, with some new leaves filling in, though the existing leaves also seem a bit crumpled looking.
The sagittaria platyphylla is doing well so far, no new growth but also quite new to the tank.
The whole thing has been going for about 2 weeks with the co2 running - maybe I'm just being impatient?
So any thoughts on improvements I can make for better growth will be appreciated, or some words of reassurance that my impatience is the only real problem here. Thanks to everyone for their help so far, browsing through past posts has provided lots of good info for me.
I forgot to mention my water perameters - ph 7.5, gh 180, kh 180, all very stable so far