WOW, thanks for all the GREAT advice everyone!!! Ok, my co2
system is pressurized,( 5 lb. tank/ JBJ solenoid/regulator/hexa co2
atomizer). I was told a rough estimate for the number of bubbles to add per second thats why it is low i guess.... roughly 1 bubble per 2.5 seconds.
The pH regulator sounds like a good investment, i was just trying to maximize my dollar, i was not sure if it was co2
or other deficiencies such as light, iron, etc. and i was not sure wether the best solution(s) would be either chemical fertilization, increased lighting, different spectrum of lighting, possibly purchasing a R/O unit, or something else that i do not even know of
As for lowering the pH, i was told 7(neutral) is ideal for plants. The tap water i use has a pH of 7.6 or so. Really, i just don't know what else to put in the filter chamber since i read that carbon is of little benefit to a planted tank.
Supplements/additives i use are:
kent pro plant (nitrogen, magnesium, sulfur, boron)
kent freshwater plant (soluble potash, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, zinc)
Kent botanica Micro (boron, cobalt, copper, manganese, molybdenum, zinc)
novaqua and amquel
kent blackwater extract (every so often)
sea chem discus buffer
thats everything i put into my tank, i'll definitely try turning off lights mid photoperiod. As for nitrates, i'm not sure off hand what i can do beyond water changes but ill look in the forums for more info. I will also look into the proper way to setup a co2
system (i think i was given bad info from my local pet store about this subject also).
Thanks again for your help everyone!