Wow thank you so much all for your input, it's greatly appreciated
Especially for so much of it.
@Yiannis : What I meant is that the dimensions of the tank are 20 inches long, 13 inches wide, and 14 inches tall. It is a total of a 17 gallon tank, but after adding my substrate and plants, only 12 gallons of water is in the tank (if I took out all the water, I would come out with 12 gallons with only plants and substrate left in the tank).
@Steve002 : Thanks. hooking up a powerhead (maybe a 2nd 2213 if it will be better) to the tank will be the next thing on my list to do. I guess I just assumed since it was a canister filter I was getting suffice flow compared to the HOB I used to have. Just thinking how to place it so I don't have dead spaces without having the look of the plants being blown my storm winds aha
@Italionstalion and @Agent69 : Will be adding the powerhead for flow, as of for the light I'll eventually slowly lower it. I used to have it lower, but I was blasted with tons of green thread algae and green slime algae too aha. Both have significantly decreased now thank goodness.
@plantbrain : Trim better as in chop the plants lower correct? Thank goodness the water got better, gives me more time on that RO thing aha. I want to get shrimp, ive tried rili and cherry shrimp, but they all died for a reason I don't know, they didn't like something but never figured it out. Ill probably go grab a 2nd bushy baby. I had an otto but I havent seen it in like a week so I am assuming it died. and water surface movement as in have a lot of it, some, or none?
@Zapins : The tank has been set up since October. However newer parts have slowly been added on. CO2 was added december, lights and canister was added in February. Before the canister I had an aquaclear 50. Before the T5 ho lights I had 3 plant nano LEDs from fluval (each on at 8 watts).
Yup aquasoil all around and under
My temperature is at 76 F
Scrawny growth as in skinny. It was mainly referring to two plants, the ammania and the rotala rotundifolia. The ammania for it's leaves, but it's probably from the gh/kh as you mentioned now. The rotala is skinny and the ends on some look curved. This is in comparison to the other rotala rotundifolia I have gotten from friends, which were thicker and the leaves were bigger. But after seeing it, its probably just because I trim my plants at about 1/2 or above and it looks like newer growth, compared to my friend's who trimmed his practically at the bottom, so a more full grown plant. Also he lets his grow to the top for a while, mine I trim before they do usually
I just bought a KH and GH test kit yesterday huzzah! So for kh i got 6 dkh. GH I can barley tell. It was some light green at 4 drops and pretty green at 6 drops.
Nitrates are at 20-40 ppm before a water change today.
ferts are set up the following: (i wrote everything on the back of my bottles just in case i ever needed to know lol)
Using Wet's calculator I set it to make ferts for a 17 gallon tank
KNO3 with 74.45 g of KNO3 in a 475 ml container of distilled water producing 4.73 K ppm/degree, 1.69 N ppm/degree, 7.5 NO3 ppm/ degree for a dosage of 5 ml
24.43g of it in 475 ml container of distilled water. .5 ppm/degree at dosages of 5 ml
11.34 g of KH2PO4 in 475 ml container of distilled water. at 5 ml dosages, .54 K ppm/degree, .42 P ppm/ degree, and 1.3 PO4 ppm/degree
For plantex + b was the only one i didnt have written cause I just put I think it was 30 ml in the same 475 ml container. I am making a new one cause it has mold now and will be using the calculator to do so.
Thank you from saving me from buying a ph controller aha. Powerhead seems like the way to go. What do you think would be a better outflow pipe to use instead of the violet pipe? Preferable a glass one to go along.
Thanks to all that have responded. Anyone else feel free to add on, or ask more questions.