Plants not growing
I am just trying to figure out why one of my tanks (29g) isn't growing ANYTHING and why my ebi is growing everything great. I will just tell you guys what I think that the problem is and what I am doing on both of the tanks and hopefully we can come to a conclusion.
I would really like to do some sort of dutch tank and I have had it planned out for a while but whenever I add plants and expect them to fill in, it doesnt happen. I know that It truly is no-growth rather than impatience because I can compare the stems to my EBI's growth.
my 29g tank has high lighting, c02 enough to make my drop checker with 4dkh green, and EI dosing. Substrate - Flora max (Could I need Root tabs?) I originally was using water from my water softener with no growth, so I switched to the hard (extremely hard) water from my garden hose with no growth either, and after switching Im only limited to hard water plants because my water is rock!
My EBI tank has the standard 13w light, no c02, I add flourish comp. and flourish iron every now and then, not on a schedule. Substrate - Fluval Stratum (This is probably the difference between the two,because it softens water and lowers ph...etc. how would I replicate a similar environment in my 29g without replacing all of the substrate? The Fluval stratum is similar to Aquasoil in its buffering capabilities).
In my ebiI am using water softened water which Is supposed to be bad for the plants but they grow like weeds (I only have R.rotundafolia and Cabomba....soon to have giant hygro added). I have R.rotundafolia in my 29g also and It hasn't grown in 2 weeks where as since jan first, my EBI's Rotundafolia has more than doubled in size. I added a bit of Flourish yesterday and it also had a major growth spurt.
I would really like to grow stems like R.rotundafolia, Ludwigia Cuba, Rotala Vietnam, etc. (I really want to order a package from sns which I just saw but I dont want them to die so Im going to hold off).
SOOOOO...... What do you think I could be doing wrong? I know that nobody is going to know a clear cut answer because you can constantly monitor my tank, but suggestions will be appreciated and I am willing to try it all in order to jumpstart this tank. Very recently I put crypts and swords in my tank because the stems werent growing, and I know those need root tabs but I am not really interested in growing these...I like the stem plants and the dutch scaping much better. I had my tank set up for a couple of weeks with no growth from any stem plants and It got Incredibly annoying.
Could I be trimming the plants wrong? When you trim stem plants I thought that you can just cut them above one of the nodes and replant the top. What is the minimum length in which to start trimming plants?
Im sorry for this essay here but I am getting frustrated, I know that I am very impatient but I am only comparing my ebi's growth to my 29g and notice that the 29g has no growth!
BTW I never see pearling in my tank either....I see streaming sometimes but never pearling.
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