Having been going through the "new tank syndrome" for the last 4 weeks, I spent all day yesterday cleaning up the GSP & BFA out of the tank and have also been keeping track of the water chemistry every few days. I have yet to see any significant amonia, nitrite, or nitrate spike even with the 7 congo tetras & 6 corys... which shouldn't be puzzling because they were never added until after the tank was planted.
Cutting to the chase... The water specs are:
pH: 6.5 - 6.6
temp: 82.1 Degrees (27.6C)
GH: 60 ppm
KH: 50 ppm
Fe (cleated & non-cleated): 0
K: (need to get a test kit for that one still)
CO2: injecting 1bps w/pH controller (need to get a test kit for that one too)
Basically most of the Vallisneria americana seem to be withering away (transparent leaves and then just falling off), and the Echinodorus tennelus isn't doing as well as I'd like to be seeing. Also, I have a strong feeling that the GSA & BFA is going to return in short order unless I get the water chemistry more closly to the ideal range (CO2 18-24 ppm, NO3 5-10ppm, K 15-20ppm).
Should I start dosing for these & micros at this early stage of the tank or should I let nature take it's course, expect a few plants to not make it, add a lot of stem plants to outcompete the algae and wait for another month or two before dosing?
Any thoughts or comments much apprichiated