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Phosphates are good.

I am in my 4th month of this particular tank and I have dosed everything but one thing-phosphates. Last week I recieved a phosphate test kit in the mail and had my suspicion confirmed- my tank desperately needed phosphates! My tap has none and my plants soak up any that are introduced by my fish.

Now that I have identified the deficiency I have begon dosing phosphates and my plants have almost shown immediate improvement. Finally, I can now trace my deficiencies to strictly light and CO2! Victory!

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I am in my 4th month of this particular tank and I have dosed everything but one thing-phosphates. Last week I recieved a phosphate test kit in the mail and had my suspicion confirmed- my tank desperately needed phosphates! My tap has none and my plants soak up any that are introduced by my fish.

Now that I have identified the deficiency I have begon dosing phosphates and my plants have almost shown immediate improvement. Finally, I can now trace my deficiencies to strictly light and CO2! Victory!
I thought it was a victory too until I realized that after the first deficiency is done, another can crop up. In this case you might find you're missing micro's in 4 months, lol.
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Its good to see another enthusiast who is paying this level of attention to their tank its good to get the right test kits to make sure.

It will always be a balancing act to some degree when plants are added and removed or when fish stocking vary over the life of the tank.


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P is necessary for both N and C uptake so you were probably limiting your plants in more ways than one.
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