Hi all, any advice that you can provide would be much appreciated. We have freshwater C-Vue 18 with 10 small fish that seem to be very happy and healthy for well over a year now. We've been trying to introduce live plants ever since and consistently have had issues. We've had to consistently replace plants from both our LFS and LiveAquaria.
I'm attaching pictures of what we have in the tank now. These plants have shown essentially no growth since planting. Notice the splotches on the Anubis - I honestly don't know what that is. We do have a Chinese Algae Eater who seems to keep algae at bay.
Every time I check the levels (pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, GH, KH, Phosphate), everything is in the normal range. The tank is filtered with Matrix, Matrix Carbon and Purigen. The substrate is Flourite. We use Flourish Excel every other day or so and Flourish every 1-2 weeks.
We do live in South Florida, so it can get quite warm in the tank (think low 80's) and our tap water is quite hard (however, the GH test didn't indicate it to be an issue).
In terms of Lighting, we have a Current USA Satellite Plus Pro LED delivering 25 watts. PAR readings from the manufacturer are listed here: https://current-usa.com/wp-content/u...te-LED-PAR.pdf
. The light is on for 7-8 hours and the room also receives some natural sunlight. Ever since we got the algae eater, we've had no issues with algae buildup.
Curious to know if anyone has any thoughts on why we're having trouble getting plants to thrive (or even survive)?