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so i have had a 30 gallon planted tank setup since august. the substrate was originally all UNS xs controsoil with a sand path. I had it on the lowest light setting out of 9 and started dosing 1/3 EI low light towards the end because my plants were dying. i had some BBA but used hydrogen peroxide and liquid co2 and never let it get out of control. I concluded that although there are so many good reviews there is probably something wrong with that aquasoil. so i decided to redo my tank only because my boyfriends 10 gal dirted tank had been doing better than mine and he set it up a while after me. so i redid the tank doing a dirted tank with a sand cap and a container inside that had aquasoil to try again because this is supposed to be a farm tank. I left all the plants i had in the old setup in a tub for like a week while redoing the tank and unfortunately some melted and died. Now i have had this redone tank setup since beginning of November as a high tech tank. i put about 4 homemade root tabs in spread out. dosing dry ferts 1/3 EI because of plant mass. i turned my light up to the 3rd setting out of 9 and have had co2 running with a ceramic diffuser. My plants are not doing well, they are all deficient and/or melting and not growing so i turned my light back down. There is brown algae on the substrate surface. The new growth has wholes in it, also some of the growth is curled down. I am aware of csmb having edta. My ph is 7.2 offgassed and is like 6.5-6.6 at peak co2. does it matter the kh or do you always go for a 1 ph drop. could any of this be caused by iron deficiency or csmb issues? i dont know what to do. i just want everything to thrive but it is all doing the opposite. I didnt immediately take out all dying plants but ammonia never spiked. my carpet of baby tears slowly died from the bottom after it was looking okay for a bit. i developed brown string algae after i turned up the light so i turned it back down to the lowest setting. im still dealing with it all over. i have a JC&P aquarium light and an eheim cannister filter.