Helping Plants Thrive (anubias Nana, Java Moss, Frobit Etc)

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Hello there,

I'm currently running a fishless cycle for the first time ever in a 5.5 gallon tank and I've already added a number of plants to make the tank a little more interesting to look at in the meantime.

At the minute I have Anubias Nana, Java Moss and Java Fern on a small piece of bogwood, two small moss balls, Salvinia, Frogbit and Java Moss on the bottom of the tank.

I was wondering what should I be adding to the tank to help the plants thrive. I've been trying to do my own research but I find it all a bit overwhelming and confusing. Haha.

At the minute I'm just using the stock light from my Fluval Spec V, which is probably less than ideal.

Thanks!
 
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Hi there! Oh good. I don’t fancy having to change the light any time soon and working out how to mount it. Lol.

It’s just pet shop brand small/fine black gravel. Dosing anything for the plants? No. Not yet. I wasn’t sure what to use.
 

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BloonStuff said:
Hi there! Oh good. I don’t fancy having to change the light any time soon and working out how to mount it. Lol.

It’s just pet shop brand small/fine black gravel. Dosing anything for the plants? No. Not yet. I wasn’t sure what to use.
Something like aquarium co-op easy green or nilocg thrive would be a good option
 
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Thanks! I’m going to a pet store today, so I’ll have a look to see what they have. If all else fails I’ll order online tonight.
 

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Thanks! I’m going to a pet store today, so I’ll have a look to see what they have. If all else fails I’ll order online tonight.
Go with Easy-Green or Nilocg Thrive, they are more comprehensive fertilizers than Seachem Flourish and contain macros such as potassium that plants need more of.
 
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Fahn said:
Go with Easy-Green or Nilocg Thrive, they are more comprehensive fertilizers than Seachem Flourish and contain macros such as potassium that plants need more of.
Hey, I don't seem to be able to find either of those in the UK.

Does anybody have any suggestions for UK equivalents?
 

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I have an Anubias Nana and a Windelov Java Fern and both are doing well and growing without adding anything at all.
 

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Hey, I don't seem to be able to find either of those in the UK.

Does anybody have any suggestions for UK equivalents?
Perhaps Tropica makes a comprehensive fertilizer? They're a European company.
 
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Aquascaper arrived today and I’ve dosed my tank for the first time. It said 1ml per 50ls. My tank is 19ls so I used about a drop or two.

It said to use it every day. Does that sound right or...? I know instructions can’t always be trusted, so I thought I’d check.
 

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BloonStuff said:
Aquascaper arrived today and I’ve dosed my tank for the first time. It said 1ml per 50ls. My tank is 19ls so I used about a drop or two.

It said to use it every day. Does that sound right or...? I know instructions can’t always be trusted, so I thought I’d check.
Yep, it's correct, but you don't have to if you feel it's too much of a hassle. George designed it so that plants would constantly have a stable source of nutrients, instead of overloading them and slowly letting them go "hungry" over the course of a week like some fertilizers.
 
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