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I have a couple questions regarding my 29 gallon planted tank. I have been keeping Aquariums for years but have recently begun to plant my tanks. I am running a low light, low tech tank with a sand substrate that I dose with Flourish twice a week and Excel every day and have Flourish Root Tabs in. So far the planting consists of hygrophilia (polysperma, I believe), Amazon Sword, Micro-sword, and Anubias Nana.

First - My new hygros (just added a week or so ago) are all developing holes in the lower leaves. These leaves are all starting to fall away. What can I do to stop this?

Second - I currently run a T8, one bulb fixture. (Aqueon Flourescent hood light that is currently over a glass top). The bulb is going, and rather than buying another sub-par bulb, I am looking into upgrading my light. I am looking at the Finnex 24/7 Planted+. Would this be a good light, or should I instead get a T5HO fixture?

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Sounds like you have a macro nutrient deficiency to sort out first, before adding light. Adding more light will just make it need more fertiliser. Can you post pictures.

I see it is a new account, I'm sure one of the mods will unlock you over the next few hours, seeing that you are here to fix your tank and not a spam bot.
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Sounds like you have a macro nutrient deficiency to sort out first, before adding light. Adding more light will just make it need more fertiliser. Can you post pictures.

I see it is a new account, I'm sure one of the mods will unlock you over the next few hours, seeing that you are here to fix your tank and not a spam bot.
Odd that it would be a macro nutrient issue since I dose Flourish and only the hygros have the issue. My sword took off like a weed. I can attach a FTS if you need it, but for now I focused on the holes in the hygro.
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My hygros has also the same, nothing to do with fertz. In my case its lighting, it needs a lot of light, its from my experience.

Or may be going through the transition from emersed form. Seeing the leaf node height difference seems so.


I would recommend Finnex or any other LED lights over T5HO anytime.
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T5HO is soooo 2011
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T5HO is soooo 2011
They still grow plants extremely well.

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Odd that it would be a macro nutrient issue since I dose Flourish and only the hygros have the issue. My sword took off like a weed. I can attach a FTS if you need it, but for now I focused on the holes in the hygro.
Flourish is a micro solution, you aren't getting any macros from it. If you are going to dose ferts I'd highly recommend picking up a set of dry fertilizers. They will last you a really long time and are the cheapest route for the long haul.

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Flourish is a micro solution, you aren't getting any macros from it. If you are going to dose ferts I'd highly recommend picking up a set of dry fertilizers. They will last you a really long time and are the cheapest route for the long haul.
What dry fertilizer would you recommend? Cheap sounds good. I am a student who just wants to make his aquarium look presentable and doesn't have a ton of money to spare.
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What dry fertilizer would you recommend? Cheap sounds good. I am a student who just wants to make his aquarium look presentable and doesn't have a ton of money to spare.
Try and contact @nilocg. You can pick up a complete package of ferts for about $25 shipped.

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I buy my frets from nilocg a member here. You can search for his name and find his "for sale" thread.
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https://sites.google.com/site/aquati...home/chemicals

I recommend reading some info here even if you do not use the PPS method.
Lots of valuable info.

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I recommend reading some info here even if you do not use the PPS method.
Lots of valuable info.

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Try and contact @nilocg. You can pick up a complete package of ferts for about $25 shipped.
Looking on his website, it seems that the PPS-PRO kit is what I'd want, correct? After I run dry on my current supply of Flourish, I'll likely switch over to his stuff if it would make a noticeable difference.
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I'd think for someone just getting into dosing that EI would be easier. I've never used the pps-pro style dosing before but I believe there is a lot more configuration and adjustments to the amounts used than EI.
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I'd think for someone just getting into dosing that EI would be easier. I've never used the pps-pro style dosing before but I believe there is a lot more configuration and adjustments to the amounts used than EI.
Ok, what package do you recommend, then? I see that he has multiple EI packages available.

EDIT: Also, I don't really think I have the money to go high tech with CO2. Would I have to with these fertilizers?

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I used this Non CO2 methods - Aquarium Plants - Barr Report when I first started my tank. After reading multiple fert/ defiency threads in have since started to adjust my dosing although it's too early to tell a change. I've also just ordered some plantex csmb to use instead of equilibrium as I have plenty of kh and gh.
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Ok, what package do you recommend, then? I see that he has multiple EI packages available.

EDIT: Also, I don't really think I have the money to go high tech with CO2. Would I have to with these fertilizers?
Really you just need the base package which should include KNO3, KH2PO4 and CSM+B. You will need to read up on dosing to get familiar with the schedule, but for low light, "low tech" you should be dosing about a 3rd of what the normal EI schedule calls for.

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