10 Gallon Tank How do you guys make your low-tech tanks work?

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How do you guys make your low-tech tanks work? This is my 10 gal with about 30L of water that has been established for around 4 months.

My background and midground plants are ok, but my Staurogyne repens have their leaves slowly turn yellow/brown from their tips and some have their stems detached from their roots? My Lobelia cardinalis are also slowly melting away. The Helanthium tenellum plants have some yellowed leaves.

PLANTS
Background

Hygrophila corymbosa
Alternanthera/Ludwigia (Not sure about this ID)
Midground
Anubias nana
Cryptocoryne undulatus
Amazon sword
Foreground
Helanthium bolivianum
Helanthium tenellum
Lobelia cardinalis Mini
Staurogyne repens

TAP WATER PARAMETERS
pH
- 7.2 fresh out of tap, but stabilizes at 7.4-7.6 after gassing out
GH - 3
KH - 2
You can view the chemical constituents here - https://www.pub.gov.sg/.../Singapore_Drinking_Water...
I usually add seachem equilibrium to up my GH as I have a molly and guppies in this tank. The eventual GH will be around 7.

TANK WATER PARAMETERS
pH
- 7.4-7.6
KH - 4
GH - 9
Nitrates - 10-20ppm

LIGHTING
A cheap 10W LED that is on 8 hours a day

FERTILIZER DOSING
Daily - 0.75ml of excel, 0.2ml of flourish, 0.2ml of potassium
Every two days - 0.1ml of iron
 

Cherryshrimp420

Likely wont be able to keep that many plants in low tech. They are always competing against eachother eventually some will win, and some will die out. So over 1 - 2 years the tank will settle along with a few species only.
 

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