Hey all. I just started my first natural aquarium and I am having a couple of problems. I have done a lot of reading on here, other forums, and how to's along with watching a ton of videos (this stuff gets addicting doesn't it?).
Here are my tank stats before we get started on the problems:
35 gallon hex front 22w 24 H 22L
2 15w 6500k bulbs
8 lb sand and 46 lbs of flourite
1 large piece mopani driftwood (boiled)
2 large rocks (vinegar test done, and boiled)
plants (java fern, anubias nana, cobomba, water sprite, anacharis, crypt wendii micro sword
I have been adding ammonia to the tank as it gets back down to zero. Have not tested for nitrite yet but I am sure it has to be high. Bacteria seems to be forming very fast since I am already getting rid of 5ppm in less than 2 days. I used toprite to get rid of the chlorine. I have added 3 doses of seacham comprehensive, 2 doses of iron, and a daily dose of excel.
Here is my problem. The cobomba is growing very well, the java fern looks good, the micro sword and water sprite looks and anubias look ok. The crypt and anachris looks like it is dying.
I have just changed about 1/4 of my water tonight to bring down the hardness which was at 12 before. I used some water softener water. I am not sure what is going on. I realize that I have low light for this deep of a tank with only about 1w per gallon of water. I have just enough money left to buy fish in a few weeks, so the lights probably will not be changing. Any ideas for me?
I will try to get some pics up when I figure out how to post them.