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Substrate (Root Tabs Solid Ferts)

Could someone tell me how to tell when its time to insert root tabs or some other type of solid soil ferts into the substrate. My ADA Amazonia II is about a year old and has been fully rescaped about twice while being heavily planted.

I've been supplying my water with ferts regularly and its the first time several of my stem plants aren't looking to good. I've been adding ferts regularly... majority of my other plants look great. I'm noticing that my True Rotala Indica has been looking bare at the bottom and a lot of the leaves are turning brown and decaying from the bottom up. I was thinking it may be a substrate problem.

If someone would be advise me on this... much appreciated!

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I've been using several different substrate supplements over the last 2 years. Basically algae on the older leaves is my first indication of a nutrient deficiency. Crypts usually show problems first in my tanks. Growth will thin and become more compact also. When tabs, capsules (whatever) have been added to the substrate around the area of the plants conditions improve within 3 weeks and that lasts from 3-4 months. Growth once again fills in and the leaves produced are much larger. Then during a though cleaning I'll insert more ferts again around the plants when holes appear or algae once again starts forming on the plant.

I do dose the water column also but mainly trace because my bio load is high providing NO3 and PO4 without regular dosing. HTH


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I've been using several different substrate supplements over the last 2 years. Basically algae on the older leaves is my first indication of a nutrient deficiency. Crypts usually show problems first in my tanks. Growth will thin and become more compact also. When tabs, capsules (whatever) have been added to the substrate around the area of the plants conditions improve within 3 weeks and that lasts from 3-4 months. Growth once again fills in and the leaves produced are much larger. Then during a though cleaning I'll insert more ferts again around the plants when holes appear or algae once again starts forming on the plant.

I do dose the water column also but mainly trace because my bio load is high providing NO3 and PO4 without regular dosing. HTH
Thanks... great info!
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