Hey everyone, first time poster here.
So I've just gotten into the hobby (It hasn't quite been a year) and I seem to be struggling to keep my plants healthy and thriving.
I've currently got a 10g tank that I'm trying to grow healthy plants. I am new so I want to master a good low tech tank before I get in over my head with high tech CO2 systems and all that.
I started off with just plain old gravel, 2 15w incandescent ligrhts, and some wisteria that grew like a weed. everything was going pretty well until I wanted to add a little variety to the tank....
I decided to get some crypts, green cabomba, banana plants, lagwuigia, and maybe a few other plants. all of which would last for a couple of weeks before rotting up the stems and eventually die completely.
after doing some research I decided my substrate and lighting was probably less than Ideal. I switch up the lighting to some CF and changed the substrate to floramax. Still plants continued to melt and die. Recently I've started dosing ferts as well.
My setup currently:
10g (standard size)
2 10w marineland natural daylight flouresent lights (5100K) on 8 hours a day
HOB aquatech filter
water temp 76ish
20-30% weekly water changes
as of the past two weeks dosing excel and leaf zone plant food as recommended by instructions
My questions are:
Too much/ not enough light?
too much/ not enough nutrients?
Anything I should change to keep my plants healthier?
Below are some pics to help show ya'll what I'm dealing with.
I had re-scaped my tank with new plants
after about 3-4 months and a couple of new plants to replace the dying ones, everything seems to just not be thriving
my current lighting set up