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Individual Nutrient Roles in Plant Growth?

Hi all,

I'm looking to learn how aquatic plants use the nutrients that we dose into our tanks. Can someone explain this or point me in a direction where I can learn what NPK and micros are used for in healthy plant growth?

The reason that I'm interested is because I often read someone who has a nutrient deficiency, they fix that deficiency, and another deficiency issue pops up with a different nutrient. Let's say you have a potassium deficiency in your tank and you increase your potassium dosing. You then end up with GSA, which I believe is a phosphate deficiency. In this scenario, your plants basically became "hungry" for more phosphates. I'd like to understand the mechanism behind that.

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Barr's newsletters has all of it, dealing with each macronutrient.
K i think i read compliments in tissue repair...but there is a lot more information about the specific nutrients and their roles
i didn't read them cause they were just boring to me...
But I do not think deficiencies cause algae
I cannot say that
deficiencies are easily noticeable and easily addressed no matter your dosing regime. All it takes is a little, then observation, then increase or decrease.
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Are these archived somewhere?
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