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Does this sound ok?

OK so after several people suggested i get some more fertilizers i went and bought the following:
Flourish Comprehensive 2-3X weekly, 5ML (1 tsp)
Flourish excel 7X weekly 7.5ML (1.5 tsp)
Flourish trace 2-3X weekly, 1 Tbsp (15ml)
Flourish phosphorous 2-3X weekly, 7.5ML (1.5 tsp)
Flourish Potassium 2-3X weekly, 1 Tbsp (15ML)

I havent really established a fertilizer regime, i am working on that.

I also have Flourish root tabs under my swords and lotus

And the substrate is 10%-40% flourite, as well as thin and course standard gravel

A few old pics of the tank. note that this was before i added 1-2 dozen new plants.


My tank is lightly planted.

I am missing several species on this list and i have recently acquired about a dozen new plants, but here is my plant stock list.

Anubias Barteri ‘Nana’ X4

Hydrocotyle Leucocephala (Brazilian Pennywort) X2 (flowering)

Lemna Minor (Duckweed) X1

Riccia Fluitans (Crystalwort)

Ceratophyllum Submersum (Hornwort) X1

Nymphaea Zenkeri (Tiger Lotus) X2

Aponogeton Capuronii X1

Hygrophila Polysperma ‘Sunset’

Ceratopteris Thalictroides (Watersprite)

Cryptocoryne Sp? (3 different kinds)

Vallisneria Americana (Jungle Val) (flowering)

Vallisneria Spiralis (Italian Val)

Bacopa Monnieri (Moneywort)

Hygrophila Difformis (Water Wisteria)

Aponogeton Ulvaceus X1

Hygrophila Corymbosa ‘Compact’ X1

Echinodorus Bleheri (Amazon Sword) X?

Echinodorus Amazonicus (Amazon Sword) X?

Echinodorus Barthii (Melon Sword) X1

Microsorum Pteropus (Java Fern) X4

Echinodorus Martii (Ruffled Sword)

Lilaeopsis Mauritius (Micro Sword Narrow Leaf) X2

Marsilea Quadrifolia (Four Leaf Clover) X1

Crinum Thaianum (Onion Plant) X4

Taxiphyllum Barbieri (Java Moss)

Rotala Indica

Nymphoides Aquatica (Banana Plant) X1

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Do you inject co2? I'd highly suggest you look into dry ferts when you run out of the flourish line. Its much cheaper.
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by looking at your fish tank, you might not even need to dose N and P, just dose K with Traces Fe etc, also your plant looks like mainly root feeders.

in long run cost of those ferts will be high, i recommend making solutions from dry chemicals/fertilizers.

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What's your co2 source?

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What's your co2 source?
I dont have co2, i just use excel daily
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by looking at your fish tank, you might not even need to dose N and P, just dose K with Traces Fe etc, also your plant looks like mainly root feeders.

in long run cost of those ferts will be high, i recommend making solutions from dry chemicals/fertilizers.
Im not dosing nitrogen. where did you see that? BTW i tested my nitrates and their about 40ppm. as soon as i started dosing potassium my mother sword plant is now putting out 2-3 leaves A DAY!!!! I dont really think i need to be dosing phosphate, thats why im only doing 1 tsp but i will find out soon enough. Im not going to buy trace anymore, apparently it doesnt have much in it. I am almost out of excel though.
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BTW my hygrophila corymbosa has shedded every single one of its leaves. I bought it 1 week ago. will it survive? is it just adjusting to the new water? Will it grow back? thank you everyone for all your support. i just love this planted tank theme.
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Hi everyone, is it possible my fish are eating the root tabs? I just put a few more in yesterday and i cant find it. and theirs a dug up hole where it was. Darn that giraffe catfish he just LOVES to dig.
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i don't think fish would like the taste of root tabs, what kind of root tabs are those? as i suggested you will not need to dose N and P, just dose K and traces which are also important for plants health and colors.

make sure keep on dosing the excel

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I dont have co2, i just use excel daily
If you're not dosing CO2 and your light is low to med intensity, I'd say you're dosing a bit too much ferts.

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If you're not dosing CO2 and your light is low to med intensity, I'd say you're dosing a bit too much ferts.
Well thats good to know what would you recommend i dose then?
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i don't think fish would like the taste of root tabs, what kind of root tabs are those? as i suggested you will not need to dose N and P, just dose K and traces which are also important for plants health and colors.

make sure keep on dosing the excel
Ok so just dose potassium and flourish comprehensive with daily excel. got it.
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BTW my hygrophila corymbosa has shedded every single one of its leaves. I bought it 1 week ago. will it survive? is it just adjusting to the new water? Will it grow back? thank you everyone for all your support. i just love this planted tank theme.
Bump can somebody please answer this for me. Thank you! .
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Its not really uncommon for plants to do this. Sometimes its due to extreme differences in water quality, sometimes because they need to regrow in their submerged state vs emerged state. That being said, its hard to say if it will survive or not. But, do not give up. I had wisteria melt to nothing but a 1in portion. I let it stay even thought it looked terrible, with shriveled leaves and all. Today, its a 2ft long stem with lush, green growth ready to be propagated at any time
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