Need help, Plants dying 29 gallon aquarium

Otomatic

Hi, I have a low tech 29 gal tank with some anubias, Java fern, egeria, limnophila sessiliflora, duckweed, Amazon frogbit, Amazon swords, Taiwan lily. They are not doing too good. First of all, the Java fern‘s new leaves are dying and there are brown spots on the Java fern. Are these spots normal? Secondly, the anubias has some brown holes in it. Btw, I don’t use ferts and I do have root tabs for the swords. The anubias and Java ferns are tied to wood. My lighting is on for 8 hours a day. What’s going on? The other plants are okay, but the Taiwan lily is not growing as far as I can tell.

Thanks in advance
 

Thunder_o_b

You will need to feed them. The fern and anubis are water column feeders.
 

Otomatic

Okay, thanks for the reply. I will look into nilocg thrive because its the cheapest I can find
 

Thunder_o_b

Okay, thanks for the reply. I will look into nilocg thrive because its the cheapest I can find
Do a bit if research into the various brands. There are times where the cheapest actually costs you more in the long run.

I use the Seachem line, but I will tell you it is costly and involved. But it allows you to dial in the supplements to the plants. I use 6 different products spread throughout the week.
 

Otomatic

I would get thrive, but in Canada I don’t think I can get it. Does Easy green by aquarium coop work as well as thrive? My Java ferns are wasting away quickly now. I can get tropica specialized nutrition this weekend, would that be a better option? I’m on a budget so can’t get super expensive things. Off topic, there are some bubbles at the top of the tank, could my thick lipped gourami be making a bubble nes, even with no females around? Or is it
 

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