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20g high low light plants not doing well

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Hey all, I would appreciate some help with my planted tank. It has been established for about five weeks. Since then the plants have not been doing well.

The tank is a 20gallon high. The plants I have are java fern, amazon sword, cryptocoryne lucent, and an anachris. The only plant that is doing okay is the crptocoryne, yet it still is developing yellow/brownish spots. The java fern is black. The amazon sword leafs look thin and pale. The anachris is fine but it is a new addition. I previously had hornwort in the tank but that has since died.

For substrate I have caribsea eco-complete. For lighting I have the nicrew led and a 15w T8 TropicSun 5500k feature. The lights are on for a 12 hour period. I am also dosing Flourish Excel and aquavitro envy.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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I have been dosing nitrogen and phosphorus as well as the liquid carbon and envy for about a week now. I am curious how long I should wait for the plants to turn around? Or would it be possible that they are too far gone for the ferts to work? Most of the plants are about half brown/yellowish and green.
 

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Thank you both for the replies. I may add another plant or two to increase my plant mass. I read that to about water changes. I have been doing them every other week but I'll start doing them sooner.

As of now I have 5 glowlights and a platy. Once I get this plant stuff figured out I am going to add 2 honey gouramis and 3-5 kuhli loaches, as well as some amanos. Although I may sub something out for german blue rams but not sure yet.
 
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