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This is currently the tank. I have been using flourish excel (with pressurized CO2), flourish comprehensive and trace nutrients. I have a bottle or iron, potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorus.

I have been doing about 1.5 to 2 caps of comprehensive every other day and the off days of that I have been using about a capful of the other stuff. There were no fish in the tank but last night I moved one molly (who was a jerk) to this tank as my culling fish (for the invasive stuff in there, not culling the fish I mean).

Im not sure honestly if this might be too much fert when fish start to go in there. I have been testing the levels and everything seems fine. That the makes me think there isnt ENOUGH ferts.

Im noticing some of the older dwarf sag is starting to looked yellowish and being eaten.

What kind of fert dosing estimates do you guys think would be good for this tank to keep things healthy. I dont honestly plan to add more plants except some moss to make that wood a tree.
I also have been trying to keep up with my root tabbing but thats so so.
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If anything, I would guess you are not dosing enough. Typically, commercially available fertilizers are quite dilute, so it is quite possible your plants are starved.

What are your tank parameters, with particular emphasis on nitrates and phosphates?

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Hi

Here are two links that may be of help. Follow this one to calculate your dose in your tank. It works for dry ferts and commercially made ferts


Rotala Butterfly | Planted Aquarium Calculators & Information

Here is a link to purchase dry ferts. Using dry ferts is the same as using commercially made ones except 100x less money.

Planted Aquarium Fertilizer - Home

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If anything, I would guess you are not dosing enough. Typically, commercially available fertilizers are quite dilute, so it is quite possible your plants are starved.

What are your tank parameters, with particular emphasis on nitrates and phosphates?

Well nitrates should be zero no? That's what they show up on my test kit as.
Phos I have no idea

Guess I'll need a test kit for it

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Here are two links that may be of help. Follow this one to calculate your dose in your tank. It works for dry ferts and commercially made ferts


Rotala Butterfly | Planted Aquarium Calculators & Information

Here is a link to purchase dry ferts. Using dry ferts is the same as using commercially made ones except 100x less money.

Planted Aquarium Fertilizer - Home

Hope this helps
Thanks
I have a ton of commercial ferts someone gave me but I can pass those along of these are better

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Well nitrates should be zero no? That's what they show up on my test kit as.
Phos I have no idea

Guess I'll need a test kit for it
In a properly cycled aquarium, nitrates should not be at zero. In a planted tank, the nitrates should also not be at zero, as plants require nitrates as nutrients.

The fact that it is zero would indicate that the plants are using up all available nitrates and are starving.
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Sorry been sick, thought you meant nitrites

picked up their macro micro mix

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