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Plants dying and getting pale/mushy?

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I have a simple 2.5g setup. For some reason, everything has been dying slowly - background plants have stopped growing and are turning pale and the glosso is dying (it gets pale/brown, then just kind of mushes away). I'm getting some algae too. It was growing AMAZINGLY well for a few months, but I don't think I've changed much. I've attached some photos from about 3 months ago vs now (and most of the green glosso in the now is newly planted from a tank that's growing great).


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This is my light (TorchStar, pretty bright). I keep it on for 8 hours, but I've reduced this down to 5 just recently to try to fix this issue:
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I use flourish excel, but I just do a small squirt around 5 days a week.

Parameters I've tested are:
0 nitrate, 0 nitrite, 75 hardness, 0 chlorine, 0 alkalinity, ~6.4PH, temperature is 76 constant.

The substrate is ada aquasoil with no additives (no root tabs, etc.).

I have one fish (an endler guppy) and 10 crystal red shrimp that are doing fine.

Any ideas? My gut is saying something with a lack of nutrients, but I'm definitely dosing quite often. Thanks!
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Here's some info:

I use flourish excel, but I just do a small squirt around 5 days a week.

Parameters I've tested are:
0 nitrate, 0 nitrite, 75 hardness, 0 chlorine, 0 alkalinity, ~6.4PH, temperature is 76 constant.

The substrate is ada aquasoil with no additives (no root tabs, etc.).

I have one fish (an endler guppy) and 10 crystal red shrimp that are doing fine.

Any ideas? My gut is saying something with a lack of nutrients, but I'm definitely dosing quite often. Thanks!
What nutrients are you dosing quite often??
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Here's some info:

I use flourish excel, but I just do a small squirt around 5 days a week.

Parameters I've tested are:
0 nitrate, 0 nitrite, 75 hardness, 0 chlorine, 0 alkalinity, ~6.4PH, temperature is 76 constant.

The substrate is ada aquasoil with no additives (no root tabs, etc.).

I have one fish (an endler guppy) and 10 crystal red shrimp that are doing fine.

Any ideas? My gut is saying something with a lack of nutrients, but I'm definitely dosing quite often. <a href="https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/images/smilie/icon_sad.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Sad" >:-)</a> Thanks!
What nutrients are you dosing quite often??
Just flourish excel &#x1f642; that’s all I’ve ever dosed
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I'm sure that @Quagulator is going to get you on-track with a better dosing regimen, despite the possible substrate contribution (how old is the substrate?), but I'd like to ask if anyone wants to put a bet on a desperate need for nitrogen.
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I'm sure that @Quagulator is going to get you on-track with a better dosing regimen, despite the possible substrate contribution (how old is the substrate?), but I'd like to ask if anyone wants to put a bet on a desperate need for nitrogen.
Thank you, super appreciate it!! The tank has only been up since December (new substrate).
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Thank you, super appreciate it!! The tank has only been up since December (new substrate).


Excel is not a fertilizer, it is a mild algaecide.
I would recommend starting up a dosing regime. Aqua soil will provide some nutrients, but you would be miles ahead if you vegans dosing fertilizers on top of having aqua soil.


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Do vegans have special fertilizer requirements too?!
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@tj_jw_m I'm sure you plants would love some fertalizers, especially if your running highlight. Going down to 5 hours will help. Start feeding the plants some and you will be alright. Post some parameters and the members here will be able to offer you more help. Goodluck


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love the setup, however I would put the sponge that I believe came with the filter on the intake or you will start to loose your shrimp and possibly your endlers
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love the setup, however I would put the sponge that I believe came with the filter on the intake or you will start to loose your shrimp and possibly your endlers
Thank you all! I will definitely start dosing! Also, I added the sponge cover once I got fish and shrimp &#x1f642; thanks!!
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