I've been a member here for a long time
I love this place and I've just logged back in after a while away. (Kids) I used to work a 55g reef for years but had to sell it when my son was born.
I now have a simple 20g FW
tank that I've had for about two years. It is planted and here is the scoop on it:
I have a 65w duel 6500k bulb running 3 inches above the tank. Swords, Anubis, and just a mixture of different plants, all of which have been dieing for over a year. I have cranked homemade CO2
into it. No good. I have used liquid ferts over time of all different varieties, root tabs, florish excel, you name it. I have varied my lighting times from 6 hours a day all the way down to 2 hours at night trying to get these plants to grow. I've used No Salt Phosphate additives, once again, no good.
I then set up a 10g tank for my daughter and after it is established I take the most dead plant I have and put it into her substrate with a factory 10g bulb on the top. That plant was about 1/2'' from the gravel when I planted it and it is now about 6'' tall and absolutely gorgeous. I have done NOTHING to her tank and its growing like crazy. She has a pleco, 3 small tetras, and 3 zebra danios.
My tank (as far as fish) has two tetras, one Angel, a bull-nosed albino pleco, ..... well here, I'll just attach a picture to save you the reading. (see below)
I then leave my tank alone with 2 hours of light for nearly 3 months and still nothing. All in all, this has been my struggle for almost 2 years. About 6 moths ago I scrubbed all of my substrate and went with eco-complete. Nothing. I mixed some other gravel I have in with the eco - nothing!
Where on earth could I possibly being going wrong here? Thanks for reading my rambling.... I'll sit back and read a bit myself now
In the Pix you can see mine compared to my daughters 10g. The plant in hers was the worst of the ugliness you see in mine.