I'm new to this forum (glad to be here) as well as planted aquariums... and fish keeping in general for the most part. I've started a nano in a cylindircial vase, which holds about 3 gallons of water (not including substrate which is about 4-5 inches of eco-complete- I know this is deep, needs to be for maximum footprint, is it okay?). I started a fishless cycle, adding ammonia until I got a reading of 5-6 ppm, with a temp of 84-86 (cycles faster if warm?). After 3 days or so I went to San Francisco's amazing store Aqua Forest and bought anubias nana (not sure which varietal), bolbitis, willow moss, rose moss, and needle-leaf Java Fern and attached them all to driftwood or rocks and put them in. Over the last week the moss seems to be getting brown, the anubias slightly weak (loosing a few leaves) and the bolbitis a bit transparent and brown as well. The java fern seems okay but not great. ... oh and I have water lettuce and frogbit which both seem fine.
Lighting: 21 LED clip on light, 18 white, 3 blue... right now it's on for 10 hours.
Filtration: using Zoomed 501 canister right now, but it's louder than I was hoping (maybe defective, I dunno) so I bought an azoo palm and when it gets here I'll see if I like it better
I don't test for anything else, waiting for ammonia to drop
don't have a kH or GH test but SF water, I've heard, is quite soft 1-3 degrees
I did add about half a ml of Flourish a few days ago...
Too warm? Too much light? Not enough ferts? Normal acclimation?
Advice? What should I do? Is this normal "melting"? I don't want to waste $40... I plan to keep red cherry shrimp, and possibly something else like scarlet badis or chili rasbora. Oh, and I haven't been doing water changes... again, waiting for tank to cycle. Thanks for any help! This forum has been a wealth of info.! I love it!