New and frustrated- help?
I'm new to planted tanks, not to aquariums. I've got a good handle on nitrogen cycle, but that's about it.
Few weeks ago I decided to replace gravel and do controsoil and try a planted tank.
I'm hating the soil. Plants won't stay down (monte carlo mostly) and the soil keeps dropping my ph too low. (6.3-4) Would it be insane to replace the soil with sand already? I think I prefer and inert substrate so that I can control water parameters myself. I have to use 100% RO because we don't have a single bypass faucet and have a softener.
Also g=dealing with a lot of algae. I know I don't have the lighting, co2 and ferts balanced, but honestly have no idea how to balance them.
So, switch to sand or stick it out? And, is there a "dummies guide to balancing a planted tank"?