Hello planted tank. I come here for your advice once again. As we all know, planted aquariums and all aquariums are about balance, whether you're growing a bunch of plants or coral, balance is key.
Well, the balance of my planted tank is off to say the least.
Size: 40 gallon breeder
Light: 3 bulb Catalina t5
Light cycle: four hours of 1 6700k on one hour of 1 6700k and 1 10000k then one hour of just one 6700k then lights out. Six hours total.
Substraight: ada aquasoil capped with red Eco complete.
ever since I started using aquasoil I have had no luck with plants. Could that be because of the ammonia that it leaches into the water column? Am I not doing enough water changes.
Co2: 5 lbs co2 tank GLA regulator and co2 reactor.
from what i have read when your having a deficiency 90% of the time it's co2 related. I have a hard time believing that. My drop checker is greenish yellow and the fish have labored breathing(not to the point where they are hanging at the top or hitting the top of the water) so is the only way to rule out co2 deficency with the ph/gh table? My plants do pearl by the way.
Filtration: hydor canister with hydor inline heater and a ehiem surface skimmer.
Ammonia 1 ppm should this raise red flags?
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 10-20 ppm kinda hard to make out a for sure color.
Ei dosing is my method.
So I ask all of you what is the best process of elimination to try and figure out what might be my balance issue. My plants grow just at a sluggish pace. I can post pictures once I get out of work. But if you have any questions for me ask away I'll try to answer them in the best possible way. Let's figure this out!! Thank you!!