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Amazon swords suddenly falling apart

I put in some amazon swords almost a year ago and they were growing like crazy. Now they look like they're completely falling apart. I can't figure out what has changed. Ammonia and nitrite at 0, nitrate about 40. I dose with Seachem Flourish and use DIY root tabs. The substrate is all Eco Complete. They tanks been set up for about 5 years now. I do have one bristlenose and an otto. Nothing else that really pays the plants much attention. Any thoughts?

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I wonder if it is melting back, because swords tend to do that and then spawn new leaves but you have mentioned you have had it for almost a year. What about other plants, are they doing okay? (not counting anubias or java fern)

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I wonder about DIY root tabs. Terrestrial ferts can be rough on aquatic roots and amazon swords have an extensive root system so even if the DIY tabs are pushed down to the glass, the roots may be negatively affected.
Then again, swords are heavy root feeders. I'll confess I've only ever used Flourish root tabs so I have no experience with DIY root tabs (I presume made with Osmocote?).

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I wonder about that Bristlenose. They have a reputation for rasping on the leaves of Amazon Swords if they aren't getting enough to eat or its possible they may just do it regardless. I've been fortunate not to have that problem, but it may be something to consider.
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