Are all those you use different products or one with all that in it?I have been using liquid fert's for over 10 years. I use Thrive, iron, potassium, nitrogen, excel, phosphorus and advance.
I also use root tabs.
My plants seem to do very well.
I do not use co2, Lights on about 7 hrs a day
How many fish are in the tank? If you have a high bioload, the fish poop and uneaten fish food might provide the nitrogen the plants need. But if you have an aquarium like mine, a 10-gallon tank with only a betta, you're probably going to need more macros than Flourish provides.I wanna ask, is Seachem Flourish Comprehensive gonna help me with a small 10 gallon tank which has Amazon Sword, Hairgrass, Water wisteria, guppy grass and some other small plants?
How many fish are in the tank? If you have a high bioload, the fish poop and uneaten fish food might provide the nitrogen the plants need. But if you have an aquarium like mine, a 10-gallon tank with only a betta, you're probably going to need more macros that Flourish provides.
Yes, nitrates in my tap water are showing between 20-22 mg/l.That's a good amount of nitrates for the plants you have. As a point of reference, some people prefer 15-25 ppm. If those nitrates are from fish food and waste, your bioload seems to be supplying enough nitrogen. Have you tested the nitrates in your water source?
Although the nitrates are adequate, the other macros or micros might not be. If you aren't seeing signs of deficiency but just want to be sure the basics are covered, you might try Flourish Comprehensive and see how it goes.
So, after reading through this, I've come to the conclusion that both my Java Fern and Anubias are experiencing nutrient deficiency in my 38G.
I have been dosing Thrive once/week and will now bump up to 2x/week:
Water change: 50% Sunday.
Thrive dosage: Monday (7/ml)
Thrive dosage: Thursday (going forward - 7/ml)
I had the thought that too much fertilizer may cause algae, but apparently that's not true. I believe that the algae growing on both the Java Fern and Anubias is possibly due to not enough nutrients.
I do not have a source of CO2, yet am willing to use Excel on the tank (@ 1/2 dosage) to at least reduce the existing green spot algae on plants/aquarium sides. Yet perhaps going forward - the 2x Thrive dosage will eliminate the need for that. We'll see.
I have one of those newer led lights above the aquarium (covers the length), yet I really have no idea how bright or not it is - since we used to measure in watts/gallon? The brand is JC&P from Amazon.ca, yet there are so many out there. I'm going to presume it's a heck of allot brighter than the previous fluorescent fixture that came with the aquarium 30+ years ago.
Actually - I have 2 different Anubias species in my 38G & they are both growing quite well.
There are new leaves visible at least every month. Same with the Java Fern.
Purchase date: Feb.21/2020
The problem is:
1. Anubias - a couple of the leaves in each of the 2 plants have holes in them, with some necrosis and algae build up on all the leaves.
2. Java Fern - many leaves are getting black holes, necrosis - dying off.
Whereas, I'm having no issues with Vallisneria/Dwarf Sag/Crypt/Bolbitus (not sure exact types of each).
I was not discussing Seachem Flourish - I was talking about NilocG Thrive and increasing the frequency with which I dose the aquarium.