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Old 11-28-2017, 08:48 AM   #1
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My aquarium plants arenít growing

Hi all, I have a 160 litre aquarium which is densely planted. It has a piece of bog wood and a range of plants from hair grass to java fern on the bog wood to corkscrew val. My lightings ok and I use liquid firt and root tans. No co2. And the plant have been in about 2 months. Any ideas?
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Old 11-28-2017, 09:03 AM   #2
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What substrate are you using? What is your fert schedule? What lights exactly do you have? ph? kH? gH? temp? Any excel/glut dosing? Water change schedule?
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You can use flourish excel as substitute to co2. Its not as powerful as pressurized co2 but its great and serve its purpose well. Also you need to dose liquid fertz like Flourish comprehensive, Potassium, Iron etc. Iron I see helps in overall growth and colors become very deep.
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Ok thanks
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:17 PM   #5
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I bought a cheap substrate(FloraMax) that didnít help any of plants grow then I got CO2 but I realized that the plants (Pearl Weed, Water wisteria ) didnít grow much either . But then I added Fertilizers like EI method which contains everything a plant needs to grow and in two months the hair algae disappeared and I got whole bunch of plant growth . I would recommend Seachem Excel with the EI method Fertilization. Itís cheap and efficient , Have fun Fixing up your tank
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I bought a cheap substrate(FloraMax) that didnít help any of plants grow then I got CO2 but I realized that the plants (Pearl Weed, Water wisteria ) didnít grow much either . But then I added Fertilizers like EI method which contains everything a plant needs to grow and in two months the hair algae disappeared and I got whole bunch of plant growth . I would recommend Seachem Excel with the EI method Fertilization. Itís cheap and efficient , Have fun Fixing up your tank
Looking lush, nice setup
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Old 12-01-2017, 04:23 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone Iíve ordered the flourish excel which is the Seachem excel
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Thanks everyone Iíve ordered the flourish excel which is the Seachem excel

What (liquid) fertilizers are you currently using?
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Iím using tropica premium growth fertiliser and api root tabs
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Moving forward, you can use Metricide (minus the activator). It's less expensive.
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