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Leaves getting smaller and more needle like

Hi, I am a little perplexed, I suspect I have a bit of a macro deficiency.
I feed the plants with a micro and iron supplement containing no N or P, but it would seem the dirt is not doing enough. Even my elodea is starting to get needle like leaves. It is not a light deficiency issue. Right at the top of some of the stem plants the leaves are getting very large again... Plants seem healthy otherwise with no spots or blemishes. Val growing like I have never seen it do. Glosso doing ok. Maybe a little excess roots forming on stems plants.

oh and there is a little green spot algae growing on the glass, not fast but it seems pretty constant.

Tank has sand capped dirt, DIY CO2 and medium light.


Only two fish in the tank, so very low bio load, and little opportunity to feed more.

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have to provide pictures to diagnose plant issues...


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Just waiting for the glare in the room to subside a bit, large windows makes daytime photos hard to take.

I looked at it again, it is like the leaves are growing too fast in length. I.e. it is not miniaturising strictly, but elongated and thin, also noticed the sword's two newest leaves are curling.

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Pics are needed and you also need to provide us with the fertilizers you are adding. How often, and how much (in grams or ppm).

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apology for the bad phone pics...

Notice the elodea, how it stretched as if it was in too little light. Also you can notice the wavy curly new leaves on the sword.

Super weird. I only feed tetra plantamin which is basically everything except N and P in a monthly dosage form. I have changed to feeding half strength every 2 weeks...

oh the fish kept getting in the way, some days he is a bit show offy.

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... provide us with the fertilizers you are adding. How often, and how much (in grams or ppm).
Nice beta but we need this info about the plants.

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Sorry, said I use tetra plantamin, unfortunately they don't provide a list of contents. But as I said it is supposed to contain the micro nutrients and iron needed in slow release form.
It is also supposed to be used with tetra plantapro which trace elements and vitamins on a weekly basis. My LFS is still have g problems sourcing some for me.

I'm going to move to dry ferts once I have the larger tanks planted. This tank has been providing lots of clippings in good shape up to now. It is about 3 months old.

If you look past the betta you will see the spaghetti elodea.



This is what it looks like in my other tanks with same regime... but no substrate...

Other plants are doing their own version of this.

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