Just want to say that I've been reading these forums for weeks now and finally decided to delve into the hobby. You've all been very helpful to others and I'm hoping you can help me too. I'll try to be as thorough as possible with my setup and maybe you can tell me what's wrong.
cylinder tank, about 50 gallons
28 inches tall, 24 inches diameter
few months old and has been totally cycled
canister type filtration
substrate is gravel on the bottom, fine sand in the middle, and smaller gravel on top mixed in with the sand.
4 Red Platys, 4 Ghost catfish, 6 neon tetras, 2 goldweather loaches
95 watt 6700K corallife light.
I recently bought two plants that I thought were beginner. I even forgot the names, but they're not doing so hot. One looks like grass blades from my yard about 5-6 inches long. They're rubber banded at the bottom to hold them together, but I think the roots are falling apart and they're seperating. The other one I can't really explain. It has small little green leaves all over it, kinda looks like glosso but not as shiny? I just installed the light the other day compared to my old 50 watt incadescent, so I'm hoping the light will help.
The grassy looking plants turned a light brown to white color and some started to "melt?" Some became stringy, so I've been cutting off the bad grass pieces. I turned off all aeration in my tank and stopped all surface agitation. I think my tank is too deep and the plants don't get enough light? I don't see any bubbles on my plants and I've tried adding iron to the tank and planting those flourite tables in the substrate by my plants. I only have test kit for Ammonium, nitrite, nitrate, and ph
. The readings are:
What are some things that I could do to make it a success? Should I take a picture and post it to help you get a better idea of my tank setup? Should I get C02 injection also?
thanks in advance for your help and I look forward to hearing all your good advice.