Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Missouri united states
I can easily make plant's look more red with varying the color spectrum, but it does not mean the plant's are any healthier.
That horse has been beat to death in my view.
Truly is a balance of light,CO2,and fertz which most come around to eventually.
If I suspected that it was indeed a nutrient deficiency,then I might look at what it is I am not providing.
EI does a good job of eliminating most deficiencie's with possible exception of Magnesium that is often corrected with the use of GH booster.(might read up on importance of Mg to plant's)
I might try adding a bit more Mg and note any improvement or lack thereof were it me.
I use Epsom salt for Mg in my low tech tank's for all other nutrient's are added via macro/micro's I add once a week.
Perhaps what little Mg is provided with trace mix such as CSM+B is not quite enough for higher energy tank's .
Have no scientific logic to support what would be easy enough to try, and so that is often my approach.
Try,Do,and then speak as to the finding's.
Believe plant's inherently wish to grow,is mostly shotgun approach by me that gives me the best result's .
Give em all a little more of everything, rather than trying to discern how much of each nutrient may actually be needed by one or two species.
If all plant's are suffering,,then I too would suspect nutrient shortage or CO2 distribution issue.
If just one or two plant's are suffering,then maybe they need more than we are making available regardless of present quantities.
Don't cost much to find out.??