New Tank, 10 gallon plant recommendations

Fishibois

Hi new to the community,
Looking for suggestions on my 10 gal tank.

Specs:
Standard 10 Gal glass tank
20 gal Aqueon Quiet pro filter
Aqueon 60 led planted tank light fixture
10 watt mini heater

The gang:
Timothy (African dwarf frog)
Barnabas (Betta)
Paul (Marimo Moss Ball )
Aristarchus ( Cory Catfish )
1 Nerite
1 Gold Inca Snail
&
Three Ghost Shrimps


Leafy greens:

Java fern
Amazon sword
Moneywort.

Other than the obvious get a bigger tank comments I’d like recommendations on the plant life. Look a bit dead. Ive been adding “Flourish Excel seachem” to no avail. Looks like it’s reproducing though.

Thanks for the help and tips !
 

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StarGirl

Excel is not really fertilzer. Thats probably why its not helping. Its kind of a algiside, liquid carbon treatment. A all in one like Thrive C would be more beneficial in a small tank. Do you use root tabs?
 

Fishibois

Excel is not really fertilzer. Thats probably why its not helping. Its kind of a algiside, liquid carbon treatment. A all in one like Thrive C would be more beneficial in a small tank. Do you use root tabs?
I use the flourish tabs. Put them under the substrate.
 

ayeayeron

I use the flourish tabs. Put them under the substrate.
Those tabs have really helped my swords. Increasing how long you have your light on each day can also help with plant growth, although it will encourage algae growth as well.
 

StarGirl

You need some real ferts so your plants can out compete the algae.
 

TWiG87

Excel is not really fertilzer. Thats probably why its not helping. Its kind of a algiside, liquid carbon treatment. A all in one like Thrive C would be more beneficial in a small tank. Do you use root tabs?
I agree, Thrive C is great stuff or Aquarium Co Op easy green. I have used both with good results.
 

aquafrogg

What are your water parameters? Lack of nitrates, high phospates, and too high of light really did a number on my plants. Also, I love seeing someone else with an ADF! My little guy's name is Eddie. Welcome to FL
 

Fishibois

I’ll check everything again but last time I checked everything was good. I did have high phosphates a month ago
 

FishGirl115

Also, what is temp? I don't think a 10 watt could hear a 10 gallon enough for a betta...
 

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