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Easy Limnophila plant problem

Hello dear hobbyists,

I just started a new 16 l nano almost 6 weeks ago, and planning to have it heavily planted.

I only started with limnophila sessiliflora ,Staurogyne repens, Anubias nana and eleocharis pusilla mini.
This is a picture at 10 days after setting up.

As you can see the Limnophila is strong and growing fast, doubled in size since when i planted it.

Now, at 14 days, i added the final plants(Ludwigia palustris and Rotala Rotundifolia) and red moor wood and also 6 harlequins to start up the nitrogen cycle.

Still vigurous , but at 3 weeks problems start to appear, as in next images:

The ludwigia is growing at a medium rate and turning red, the Rotundifolia is growing fast and adapting and transforming to submerged form. But the easiest of them all , the Limnophila is no longer growing, and turning pale and weak.

I dose Easy life carbo and micro and macro according to their guide regarding litres and plant volume, maybe even slightly lower to prevent algae.
Light is a 11 W 6500k Led fixture.

What could be the cause of this plant stunting it's growth ? Maybe ammonia spike? Don't have the means right now to test the water.

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Hi @Overrider,

You indicated that you are dosing
I dose Easy life carbo and micro and macro
; I cannot find products by Easy Life International called "micro" and "macro". I understand that "CARBO" is a carbon molecule supplement.

The problem appears to be a lack of nitrogen. According to Easy Life International PROFITO contains:
Advantages of Easy-Life ProFito

Highly concentrated, all-in-one, universal plant food
All the necessary nutrients in a single product, such as iron, potassium and manganese
Strong, healthy and lush plant growth
Promotes the production of cytokinins, which stimulates the division of cells
Produces wider leaves and intense colours
Improves and consolidates the biological balance in the aquarium
Contains no nitrates or phosphates
Extremely economical to use
Since the tank is new there is likely little in the way of nitrates of phosphates available. The best way to confirm this is testing the water parameters. I typically test my pH, dKH, dGH, and nitrates (ppm of NO3) monthly on established tanks, more often on new tanks or if nutrient deficiencies arise. Easy Life also makes FOSFO which contains nitrogen and phosphorus.

Hope this helps! -Roy
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