Thanks again Byron. You're such a wealth of aquatic plant info!!! :) :) :)
Yes, that is the exact kind of Flourish I am using.
Like this: http://www.seachem.com/Products/prod.../Flourish.html
Off topic, but have you seen this?? http://www.seachem.com/Products/prod...rishExcel.html
The liquid test kit I just bought a few mos ago does not have a hardness test. :( I can tell you that our water is VERY hard here out of the tap. We installed a whole-house filter last month, and I have been filtering the water myself through a PUR water filter as well (I bought specifically for the fish, sounds silly but its a lot cheaper than buying RO water from the LFS all the time!!) Not sure how all my filtering is doing as far as the hardness since I ran out of test strips that had the hardness test on them before we did all of that. The PH is about 7.6.
Since it takes a day to filter it all that way, the water sits for a day in my old RO water containers with the water safe in it before I put it in the aquarium. I use Tetra Aquasafe. And I probably overdose the Aquasafe because of how hard the water was. http://www.tetra-fish.com/sites/tetr...?id=110&cid=73
The water has had a bit of a green tint to it since my last water change but I thought it had something to do with my big Gold Gourami dying. (I found him in the morning, no clue how long he'd been that way.) I'm almost due for a WC.
I try to have the lights on 12 hrs, but honestly a lot of times it probably ends up more like 14. I like to turn one on and a half hr later or so turn the other on so it doesn't shock my nocturnal fish. At night I do the same turning them off.