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Hey guys!

So I got the monte carlo tissue culture and I'm cycling my tank, along with some other plants. I was thinking they were growing veryyyyy slowly (haven't grown much in 2 weeks at all). I add 9 drops of the seachem fertilizer 2 times every week too... I don't know what to do. I also got some red beard algae which I eliminated using otocinclus. They're no longer in my tank, and theres not much red beard too.

Ph- 7.5-7.6
temperature= constantly 78
ammonia= none (yet)
nitrite= none
nitrate= none

I checked my local water types and it's really soft water.
Please help!
 

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I wonder if it's growing slowly or growing slowly for Monte Carlo. MC isn't known for spreading too quickly without CO2. Just keep up with ferts and make sure your light is dialed in and be patient. Any other plants in there?
 

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Okay I'll admit that my lighting is very, very irregular.
And also I just noticed something- the place where my aquaclear 50 power filter is dumping out filtered water is bubbling up and there's a lot of foam on the surface of the water. why is that so?

how do I add co2? i cannot afford a huge co2 system.
other plants in there=
vallisneria
java fern (windelov type i guess lol)
a bunch of christmas moss
bacopa caroliniana red which has a lot of algae so i pruned lots of leaves off. now it's growing very slowly
my water wisteria was very sick already
 

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For sure get your lights on a regular timer. If algae is an issue you can also put a break of an hour or so during the middle of the day, that helps to slow down the algae while plants can usually coast through that. Start with 8 hours. What kind of light are you running on the tank?

Most of your plants look pretty good for beginner/low tech. My wisteria grew like a weed and helped me to control algae.

Once we find out what your light situation is we can head in a better direction!
 

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I'm running the nicrew one from amazon :)

Maybe I can do from 9 am to 5 pm? is that a good time to run the light? or should I do it for shorter?
 

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What kind of substrate are you using? Also, zero Nitrate is not good. You should have at least 5ppm in your low tech setup.
 

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There are DIY co2 videos all over, youtube it. Basically you'll want some liter or half liter bottles, at least 2 of what you choose. Sugar and dry yeast. Air line tubing. Then follow the directions.

Definitely want the light on a timer. I got my first ones at my local dollar store. They're perfect for this minus having to reset them during power outages, or for me when I turned off the power strip they were connected during canister cleanings. For 10-12 bucks you can get ones that have internal batteries that will keep your times saved and then go straight back to those saved times once the power is restored. I recommend just getting those. Set once and done.

Also, I always start with lighting. The main thing with lighting is that it's consistent. Then add or subtract time based on algae growth. Then get co2 started but I don't ramp it up until I get ferts dialed in and then dial in the lighting one more time after ferts. Between each section I wait at least a week before changing something else so I know if the things I changed is working. Lastly I ramp up co2 to desired levels. But DIY co2 is limited to adjustments. You'll be resetting the DIY co2 every week, probably with your water changes. On a 10 gallon though, DIY co2 will be perfectly fine.

Oh, and plants need time to acclimate to their new surroundings just like fish. They may not grow much in the first couple weeks. Especially if they're root growers. Also, carpeting is something you shouldn't watch. I did that... just annoyed me, the whole watch a pot of water boiling saying would go nicely here. I kept wanting to buy more to get it to go faster. But as long as the light is strong enough and the plants are not dying they will eventually carpet. Having said this, Nicrew is probably on the edge for carpeting plants. This could also be why the MC isn't growing that fast.

Lastly, as someone said, you'll want some nitrates. Easiest way is to toss in some fish food, not a lot, a little will do. It will get the nitrogen cycle starting and bolstered. The end of that cycle is Nitrates, what plants crave. lol.

My wisteria will usually die back a lot. And then it starts new growth that flourishes. Even with changing tanks at my house which is the same treated water in all the tanks. That plant is crazy, just let it be, cut off any very obviously dead stuff, it'll grow faster than anything else in there soon enough.
 

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I'm using the up aqua substrate!

I'm not sure.. I think I might just get an air stone set up and just attach co2 bottles to it? or whatever that you have to do. is co2 very necessary?
and I did try tossing in fish food like a week and half ago and there is no ammonia or nitrite or nitrates yet so I'm just buying pure ammonia this weekend.
 

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I'm using the up aqua substrate!

I'm not sure.. I think I might just get an air stone set up and just attach co2 bottles to it? or whatever that you have to do. is co2 very necessary?
and I did try tossing in fish food like a week and half ago and there is no ammonia or nitrite or nitrates yet so I'm just buying pure ammonia this weekend.
Amonia is toxic to fish, you need proper plant fertilizer.
 
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