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Is it enough Light ?

Hi guys I have 36W daylight PC with a built in white reflector with hagen CO2 and weekly dose of tetra plantamin and am experimenting with JBL 7 balls, now from my observation the vallis are thriving, other than that my swords, lilies, ludwigias are not doing well though occasionaly both the swords and the ludwigias bubble constantly now do you guys think my light is enough (as the plants bubble) and should put some JBL balls underneath the lilies swords and ludwigias. My tank size is 16 gallon.

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Enough for what size tank?
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Swords and lilies tend to be heavy root feeders (especially the swords). Root tabs wouldn't hurt. What ferts are you using in your water column, and what are the levels of nitrate and phosphate?
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I am using Tetra plantamin and my nitrate level is about 10 while nitrite is 0
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I am using Tetra plantamin and my nitrate level is about 10 while nitrite is 0
Your nitrate level sounds fine.

Do you have a phosphate test kit? If your phosphate is too low, you may not be getting optimal growth. Ideally, aim for a phosphate level of 1 to 1.5 ppm.

I'm not familiar with Tetra plantamin. A good all around fertilizer is Flourish by Seachem. The downside is that you can't control the individual amounts of macronutrients (Nitrogen, potassium, phosphate) that you're dosing. If you want to get more technical, you can purchase potassium nitrate, potassium sulfate, potassium monophosphat and trace mix (e.g., from Gregwatson.com) and dose them separately.
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