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Will my rotala survive?

I am about to add 100 stems of Rotala sp. Green into my 29 gallon tank, but I am concerned the conditions aren't right.

I use flourish and excel, and my substrate is flourite sand. I have 1.7 wpg T5 HO.

Are there any additional nutrients I need to add? If so, in what form and how much? I am a newbie and know very very VERY little about nutrients!
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here's an article that'll explain things
https://www.plantedtank.net/articles/...lanted-Tank/1/


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Most rotala are usually pretty hardy, including rotala green. Mine don't really need nutrients to grow and that's at 3+ wpg. What is most important is that they have enough CO2, otherwise they will grow but older growth will quickly develop brown spots. Try it out at your wattage but if you see spots on the plant, switch to DIY CO2.
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Thanks all!

I am installing pressurized CO2 soon - just waiting on a couple parts!

Based on the article supplied by mistergreen, I do not know if my light makes adding nutrients unnecessary or pointless.

Does anyone have any ideas?
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adding nutrients is never unnecessary... You might have to adjust the quantity for your situation.

If you want to keep your tank 'low-tech', you won't need pressurize CO2. Just excel and nutrients once in awhile. Your rotala will do fine, they just won't grow that fast like in a hi-tech situation.


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Ok - good to know. So I will go ahead and try to figure out lower nutrient doses then!
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