Thanks for the details, now I'm even more intrigued.
Just goes to show root tabs aren't necessary.
I've got a 10 gallon low tech and while the crypts and small swords haven't died, they're not exactly thriving. I just put Nicog root tabs in a few days ago. Wasn't sure what else to do. So far, I'd just been dosing weekly with Easy Green like you.
The tank's got Aquasoil but I thought perhaps it was spent because it's 10 months old. Or not deep enough (1st adventure with Aquasoil and it settled so maybe there's an inch instead of two).
Just 3 more questions if you don't mind?
#1 what's the light source?
#2 where did you get the plants?
#3 size of tank?
Whatever you're doing, I'm going to try it! Your crypts are amazing!
. Are your other plants doing equally as well?
This tank has a finnex clip on light (photo period 8 hrs a day) the Java Ferns filled in, but you can't tell there's a bunch of crypts as well as three swords (smaller variety, but still.. haven't grown that much).
I'm very interested bcs we'll likely be moving w/in the next year, so as long as I've got to tear down the tank, I'm curious about my options. I'd like to get a bigger tank, and while I like Aquasoil (the Nature Tank edition) I'm not married to it. I thought plants would do better in a soil base, but obviously I've got a lot to learn.
BDBS is a lot more economical than AS.
One good thing about the AS is it made it easy to cycle the tank (by initially leeching a lot of ammonia) and it seems to keep the tank very stable. I wasn't able to tend to it once for 3 weeks (bad, I know) but the water parameters remained totally fine (0,0, 20). Maybe something to do with the plants specifically the Pothos giant roots?
I'll take a pic of my lame crypts for reference.
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