[quote=MichelleA;2670250]The more i change my water the faster my plants are browning. I started off my doing 50% changes daily and my three of my plants died right away. I cleaned it up today, did two water changes, one at 50% and the next about 75% and my ammonia only went from 1ppm to .5ppm. I tested my tap water and its at .25ppm. Is this normal? Also, I noticed my water was a little softer than it normally is. Could this have something to do with it the browning of the plants?
Not uncommon for tap to have ammonia in it. IME, water changing doesn't effect the health of my plants. Some plants will go through shock when moved to a new environment, some will recover while others don't. Personally I would be doing 50% water changes if my ammonia or nitrites were >.25 regardless of daily or every other day which is what I've done for all of my fish IN cycles.
I use API root tabs that says to use 6 per 10 gallon, which is why i said one for each plant. I have 6 in there, all are large and reach to the top of the water. Could they be overcrowded?
Didn't look crowded based on the pic you posted.
My betta is active, growing, and his fins are almost back to normal. They were all broken off when i got him. (He was dropped off on my doopstep in a half gallon bowl from walmart as a present to my kid.... ugh Grandparents...) Which is why im doing a fish-in cycle. I really have no other choice. He is eating, swimming and blowing lots of huge bubble nests, so i have no reason to believe that he is in any way unhappy or unhealthy due to this.
I'm not saying a fish IN cycle is bad just that the ammonia needs to be lower for his long term health.
I really just want to know what this is and how to prevent it from coming back. I have no snails, Ive been scared to add anything else to this tank becuase its not cycled yet. Would this speed the process?
Tank mates are iffy with a Betta, some are OK with company while others are not. I only put snails with my males, it won't IMO speed up the cycle though.
All I can say about the "stuff", is to clean it out & see if it comes back, the root tab being the cause seems to be the logical answer. Sorry its not a better an answer. [quote]