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Red plants not keeping redish, CO2 problems?

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I have a 55 gallon heavly planted thank with 2 T5 HO odyessa bulbs, dosing excel every other day and comprehensive once a week. I dont have any algae problems at all and my tank is crystal clear. However, I have notice a few of my plants that are meant to be red are not anymore or are turning less and less. I have some rotala wallachi that were red when I first purchased now are getting dull and the tips are actually turning green..? My Ludwig (sorry about my plant spelling btw) has almost all green leaves now and hardly any red on it anymore what so ever. Should I be doing a pressurized CO2 to help solve this problem or is my dosing off? My next item to purchase is going to be the pressurized CO2, just be nice to knock both out at once.

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most likely lack of iron, i would purchase a pressurized co2 set up anyway..
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IRON is not the issue. it doesn't create red at all in plants. only helps red if there is a deficiency of iron. the same as a plant wont turn red if there is no phosphate, potassium, calcium or other tissue building nutrient available. c02, good ferts, and a decent lighting routine will provoke red plants

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Thanks for the responses guys, I should have the new pressurized CO2 up within the week and dry ferts are coming sooner then later. Lights are on a 8 hour cycle, the rest of the plants however seem to be growing a steady rate especially the swords. Could the new C02 really help this out.
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CO2 is the biggest issue in aquariums. add it and you will see improvement in everything.
other than that, add quality root tabs (root medic) around root feeders and dose fertz into the water column.

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Lighting and CO2. you need both of them strong to archive a nice red colour.
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