RadMax8 Posted November 19, 2021 Share Posted November 19, 2021 I’ve been keeping this tank for five years now and I’ve never really been able to successfully dial in my plant growth. It’s getting a little disheartening when the only thing I can seem to grow is algae, with the occasional corkscrew Val or Amazon sword having success. I just took some measures of parameters in my tank, and I will share them as well as some photos and some hypothesis. Parameters: Photos of my plants: Here we have Rotala indica (aka Amania Bonsai), dwarf hair grass, and Hygrophila pinnatifida. This is green cambomba and Ludwigia natans ‘Super Red’ This is my Althernanthera variegatus, which has not really done anything. No growth, no roots. And finally, here is my Staur repens and my AR, which started off as a tissue culture and has slowly disintegrated. I don’t feel like I’m trying to grow expert-level plants here. What’s going on? I use an automatic dosing system to put PPS-Pro ferts in my tank daily, 8mL macros, 3mL micros. I also use root tabs for my root feeders. I’ve got a CO2 controller and it’s set to drop the pH a full point. My lighting consists of two Planted Plus 24/7 lights set at about 70% with no blue light and a photoperiod of 6 hours. The tank is a 40b so it’s not too tall. On of the big things I’ve noticed is I have a hard time keeping any Phosphate in the tank. Another issue is I’ve got hair algae (my iron is pretty high), but I’m getting BBA as well, which is usually due to insufficient CO2. Of course, my Nitrates need to come down pretty far (been sick and out of commission for almost 2 weeks now…). Does anyone have any thoughts on what I can do to help balance this tank? I’m looking to learn and improve, so thanks in advance! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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