I've read your book, and reviewed the chapter you mentioned. The problem is the access to the plants I need. Both cryptocorines and Anubias died on the dried start, a mistake on my end. The water hardness and pH both became higher than expected when I set up the tank.Both Cryptocorynes and Anubias are slow growers so that doesn't address the problem.
Changing the water and removing the sea shells, which leach CaCO3 into the water, will help.
I've given you recommendations. I think you need to read up on plant species, water hardness, etc and think about what you are doing. It doesn't sound like you've read my book.
Honestly, I'm just happy you take time to reply to many of us rookies. I was excited to read your book, and I've been planning these 2 tanks for months. But getting everything took so long, and even when I was able to find what I needed, I still made mistakes. Finding local suppliers is hard. But after your last few posts I asked some more and found a man in a small town 1 hour away from here who supplies others.My apologies for coming down on you. Sounds like you're doing the best you can.
I'm pleased to hear that you're getting some Val.
Between vall and dwarf sagg (and eventually crypts once they get established), you should get some good rapid root growth. Both of those seem to grow very quickly, and are fun to watch spread around the tank. Glad you could find a supplier with these! I think I take for granted how easy it is for me to get supplies...Called him today, he is bringing me cryptocorine, vallisneria, dwarf anubias, Bacopa Caroliniana (only guy who has it here) and dwarf saggs.
Yeah. It's so much easier in the US. I lived in NC and would've probably gotten stuff a lot easier there. But here, we need to import many things. Thankfully, some locals love the hobby and started planting and selling their own. Getting fish is a bit easier but shrimps? Like 3-4 times a year they import. Only 1 guy is actually breeding TONS of them 2 hours away from the city.Between vall and dwarf sagg (and eventually crypts once they get established), you should get some good rapid root growth. Both of those seem to grow very quickly, and are fun to watch spread around the tank. Glad you could find a supplier with these! I think I take for granted how easy it is for me to get supplies...