Newbie - Please help!!!! (lighting and ferts)
Looking for some help here - struggling because I've seen a tremendous amount of conflicting info on the internet regarding many things (what a surprise, eh?). About 6 weeks ago I set up my first real crack at a planted tank. I didn't want anything fancy, I just wanted live plants. The details:
Size: 55 gallon
Plant load: Three amazon swords and two jungle vals
Fish load: 6 Columbian tetras, one angelfish, three denison barbs, two otos
Light: Current LED plus 48 inch, run 10-12 hours a day
I planted the swords and vals about a month ago. They definitely rooted relatively quickly. One of the vals sent out a runner within the first week, and the swords all kicked out new leaves within two weeks. Great, right? Well, the new growth is all quite pale and seems to have slowed, particularly the swords. The sword leaves are narrower and much paler than the established leaves, and somewhat ruffled on the edges. They also seem to have slowed down somewhat in terms of any more new leaves. Now, the vals....I swear the vals are growing an inch a day, but the color is just horrible...very, very pale and somewhat translucent.
So it's weird, because all the plants are indeed GROWING (especially the val), but they look...meh.
Just 3 days ago I got some Seachem flourish root tabs and stuck at least one tab near every plant. We will see if that improves things.
1) Is my lighting enough? I worry. The guy at the store said this light would be fine for a low tech set-up, and from everything I've read about swords and val, they aren't very demanding. The tank seems nice and bright, but the tech specs on this light say it's only 30 watts. That's well under one watt per gallon. Again, it LOOKS nice and bright, but is it enough?
2) It would be a waste of time to dose a basic fertilizer in the water column, right? Since these are both root feeders? Like I said, I just put about 8 tabs down in there.
2) What else could I be missing? DO I OR DO I NOT NEED CO2? I could bang my head against the wall based on all the conflicting info I've read. Since it's low light, is CO2 needed? I could try some Excel...
THANKS SO MUCH in advance. I will try to post some pics tomorrow.
Last edited by FishArt123; 06-11-2018 at 04:04 AM.