Last Monday, I refilled my tank and started to re-cycle it. It previously was cycled for a year. Same filter and substrate. Tuesday I planted it, some Anacharis, Anubias, and Java moss. I also put in 5 API root tabs. Started Stress Zyme. I have a 15 watt bulb, it's a 10 gallon, and it maintains a steady 80 degrees. I've been leaving the light on for 12 hours. It receives some sunlight, but it opposite side of the room of the window so not direct.
Friday I measured the water because I finally had money to buy the API Freshwater Master Test Kit. PH-7.4, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrates 10.
Tested it today, Monday, PH-7.4, Ammonia 0.5, Nitrite 2.0, Nitrate 10ppm.
I pulled the filter out and placed a new one as it was covered in so much gunk it was getting clogged. I tried rinsing it out in a bucket of tank water but it was still really thick, so I put a new one in.
Last night I had noticed my Anacharis looks like its dying. Some of the leaves are brown. Anubias and moss looks fantastic still.
Any idea why they're dying? Also, how do you go about cycling a planted tank. I couldn't find how to do so fishless any where on the internet. It seemed like on the cycling article here on bettafish.com that it was a different process.
I've never had live plants before that have lived. Any suggestions are helpful.