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What else do I need?

I have a 55 gallon planted tank which includes:

Light: aquatic life t5 HO dual lamp with 1- 6000k and 1- 6700k
Light is set at 10 hours a day

Plants: 4 spiralis
2 cabombas
2 java ferns

Will be getting more spiralis and plan on getting some dwarf hairgrass, amazon swords and Anubis for sure

I dose flourish excel everyday if not every other. What are some other things I should be dosing nutrients and stuff wise? Any other recommendations or ideas on plants would be appreciated.
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Nobody has any advice on what other stuff I should use?
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Some tank pics would probably help.

Your photoperiod is pretty long at 10 hours, I'd probably drop that down to 8ish.

You'll probably also need to start dosing Macro and Micro nutrients. Read through the stickies at the top of the Water Parameters and Fertilizers forum, and start a thread in there if you need help putting together a good balanced dosing regimen.





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Especially read "A primer to planted tanks" by darkblade.

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My red combamba has thinned out and lost most of it's leaes. What do I do?!?
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Pictures ?
How long has this Camoba been in the tank ?

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I do not have pictures at the time. But it's been the tank about two weeks and has been doing good and now all of a sudden this
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I do not have pictures at the time. But it's been the tank about two weeks and has been doing good and now all of a sudden this
It's hard to help out with problems with plants without pictures. A plant losing its leaves can be one of many things or a combination. A description helps but it is easy to miss a detail that could help with a solution. There is not fix all for losing leaves, with out more information or a picture or at least water parameters only thing I could suggest to try is float the stem at the surface of the water.
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One issue your tank has is that it has med light with no ferts.
In a low tech tank the plants can get almost all he ferts theyneed from fish food/waste because the slow plant grwth doesn't use up what is there from that food/waste thing.
Just adding med light doesn't move it into the high tech aria of course but may speed up plant growth enough to run the ferts short.
Using 7.5-8 hrs a day will help that on the light. If the Camoba has only been in there for a couple of weeks it could be just now reacting to adjustments to the water perameters and light. Is the very top of them a darker color and better looking ?

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Here is the best pic i could get. And as you can see the plant is the same top to bottom
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Looks like melt, probably too much light with not enough fertilizers. You should consider getting some dry fertilizers, you get the biggest bang for you buck that way. You can make your own liquid solution by following Zorfox's guide. You can also get some root tablets that are sold by a lot of people here of TPT and stick them into your substrate every 4-6 inches as needed, and replace every 3-4 months. Like wise if you don't want to use fertilizers I would only use one light bulb for 8 hours and you can have the second one turn on for an hour or two if you want but it should be off for the majority of the time.
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That is Rotala wallichii, not a Cabomba sp.
It requires CO2 and a decent amount of light for optimal growth. Softer water is also a must; i never had luck growing it in Phoenix tap water.
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Well I was trying to stay along the line with some seachem flourish products. Right now I'm dosing excel eveyday
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Well I was trying to stay along the line with some seachem flourish products. Right now I'm dosing excel eveyday
I would not be optimistic with keeping this plant then.
Not all plants are suitable for any setup, and R. wallichii happens to be one that requires a bit of extra care.
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What are some red plants that are fairly easy to grow?
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