Ok I'm going to start out with saying that I searched high and low to find the answers on here to no avail. I had a 10 gallon that I thought some real plants would look really great in and had some fun with it. I got some simple plants from a local store and was loving it until my water started turning green. Well at this point a friend offered me an awesome deal on a 55 gal w/ just about everything for a killer deal so I upgraded. I have 2 hanging filters, a Current 48" 4x65w (2 dual daylights and 2 10k) lights, a DIY CO2 system, flourite substrate.
My 55 has been going really well for a little over a month now. I've successfully added all my fish over this period and have been really enjoying adding new plants. One problem that I encountered early on was with the substrate, I didn't wash the Flourite enough which has been the most unbelievably annoying thing everytime I plant something.
First of all, I'm having the beginning stages of green water again. I've seen that some recommend adding more plants....I've read that more CO2 is needed. I just started my CO2 this week, will it help over time with just a bubble every 3-4 seconds going through the diffuser (not in picture)?
Secondly, over the past couple of days I've noticed an alarming rate of leaves falling off the plants. I have new growth on some of them but (and I wish I knew the name of it) some are loosing their mature leaves.
My last test which I did yesterday turned out 0 ppm Ammonia, 8.0 pH, not quite 0 but low NO2, and under 5ppm NO3.
any help and advice is appreciated!