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Plant issues, what do I need to test for?

So I am having some issues with my 90 gallon planted. I have one issue I need to fix with my Co2, but I am looking for better methods to keep track of everything.

Currently I have an API Master Freshwater test kit, and a GH/KH test kit. Based on some of my plants it looks like I might have a phosphate issue so I was going to order a phosphate testing kit. My question for now I guess is what other kits would be advisable to purchase?

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What you have is pretty much all you will need. There are other test kits that are available (potassium, iron, chlorine, etc), but these are generally not needed.

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Ok, thank you.
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Hi there,

You could just opt to dose fertilisers using the EI method - that way you won't have to worry about nutrient deficiencies and thus saving a lot of money on buying test kits.

I have NO test kits whatsoever and I've been running planted tanks for about 5 years now. I use injected CO2, 6 hour lighting and EI dosing of fertilisers and I cannot complain.

Plants use Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potassium as the major components. And then Trace elements (such as iron, copper, magnesium...). As long as you have all these dosed correctly then I wouldn't worry about test kits.

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