bad luck with plants!
this is my first post. i'd like to share my total bad luck with plants and thinking what could be the problem. i'm keeping:
one anubias nana (just sits there)
7 or 8 stalks anacharis (problems problems for a year now)
some java fern (hasn't done anything, at least its not dying)
one bit of hair grass (hasn't done anything in a month)
7 or 8 strands of hornwort (never gets big and tends to just dissappear)
some duckweed (tends to die out faster than it reproduces)
light fish load, 6 danios, 15-20 guppies of various ages (they breed)
its a 80gal tank with two 36w 6500k tubes (with full mirrors/reflectors). its low light and low tech, no Co2, little to no dosing, but a very light plant load too. eheim 2217. riversand substrate. temp 75 degrees.
as i understand it, these plants are reputed to be "easy" and "hardy" and anacharis are "fast growing". HOWEVER, i've never had any luck with any of these. anacharis i kept it in a tub for a while and it started turning transparent, i shifted it to the tank, plants didnt recover, little growth. thats just my latest adventure with it. my other plants of which i don't have much of, they just sit there and don't grow. what am i doing wrong?
one theory is since my fish load is low, my eheim is working well and removing so much ammonia that my plants have little to go on. i've tested and found my levels are all very good/low. if i reduce the biological filtering in the eheim, the plants mite do better? should i chuck the filter?!?
another theory, i'm sending my spray bar up and letting it splash around to cool down the water (its HOT in india) i thought i might be losing Co2. but then again, isn't C02 outgassing only a problem if your injecting it?
i've ordered some seachem products, flourish, excel, and iron from the US hopefully those might help me. but i'm a total newbie when it comes to dosing, Co2 etc.
thanks for reading this!