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Just rescaped my 5.5g into a planted tank! Thoughts?

Total beginner here. Before, my tank used to be the lousy Petsmart decor piece and two moss balls. I added some new substrate, LED lights, lots of plants, a nerite, and got myself a Seachem fert kit. I already lost one of my plants but I’m only seeing some minor melting in the other ones. What are your thoughts on my tank? You think I’ll be successful? Any tips? Thanks so much 😄
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Welcome to TPT! When shopping for plants going forward, it would be a good idea to Google them and see if they are hardy. Better yet, get a list of things you know you want that will do well in your conditions and water parameters. Don't get discouraged if your foreground plants don't thrive. That appears to be dwarf hairgrass and is a tough one in low tech tanks (no injected CO2). Pygmy chain swords should be a better choice if you want a low growing grassy plant for the front. The water sprite by the rock formation may require some pruning in a few weeks' time, but I'd expect it and the rest to grow.

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Welcome to TPT! When shopping for plants going forward, it would be a good idea to Google them and see if they are hardy. Better yet, get a list of things you know you want that will do well in your conditions and water parameters. Don't get discouraged if your foreground plants don't thrive. That appears to be dwarf hairgrass and is a tough one in low tech tanks (no injected CO2). Pygmy chain swords should be a better choice if you want a low growing grassy plant for the front. The water sprite by the rock formation may require some pruning in a few weeks' time, but I'd expect it and the rest to grow.
Thanks for the advice! The water sprite is turning brown at the tips of the leaves, what should I do about it?
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Total beginner here. Before, my tank used to be the lousy Petsmart decor piece and two moss balls. I added some new substrate, LED lights, lots of plants, a nerite, and got myself a Seachem fert kit. I already lost one of my plants but I’m only seeing some minor melting in the other ones. What are your thoughts on my tank? You think I’ll be successful? Any tips? Thanks so much 😄
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got myself a Seachem fert kit

What all came with it? Excel, Iron, and Flourish?

Seachem Flourish is sort of a baseline, it has micronutrients but it doesn't have very much Nitrogen/Phosphorous/Potassium. You generally need to use it on a schedule with their N/P/K products. Some plants benefit from Trace and Iron. Excel (algaecide, makes some carbon available for the plants) and Advance (plant growth hormones) are optional.
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Cute cave, is that a heater in the back right corner?


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got myself a Seachem fert kit

What all came with it? Excel, Iron, and Flourish?

Seachem Flourish is sort of a baseline, it has micronutrients but it doesn't have very much Nitrogen/Phosphorous/Potassium. You generally need to use it on a schedule with their N/P/K products. Some plants benefit from Trace and Iron. Excel (algaecide, makes some carbon available for the plants) and Advance (plant growth hormones) are optional.
Yup! Iíll definitely look into some complete fertilizers. Once I use up this kit Iím going to look into something like EasyGreen

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