Soft water, stunted plants

Discussion in 'Plant Fertilizers' started by Nympxzie, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. NympxzieValued MemberMember

    I've had a planted tank since I started the hobby but I do more plant replacement than propagation. My plants grow slowly and new leaves are small. My conclusion is a calcium deficiency since my water is very soft.

    ph: 7.2-7.4
    Gh 3dgh KH 3dgh
    I dose F. potassium, F. potash, F. nitrogen, API Co2 Booster, API Leaf zone.

    I need something that will raise GH without raising my pH as 7.4 is really the max pH some of my wild caught fish should be in. Should I be worried about algae blooms with the addition of calcium?

    I've looked at Seachem Equilibrium, Seachem Reef Calcium, and Reptisafe water conditioner.
  2. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    I don't think it's possible. Whenever you raise your GH, it will affect the pH as well.

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  3. AmazonPassionModeratorModerator Member

    What size is this tank?

    What lighting do you have?
  4. NympxzieValued MemberMember

  5. AlyeskaGirlFishlore VIPMember

    Usually slow growth, stunted growth is CO2 deficiency. Calcium deficiency is pale twisted growth.

    What plants do you have?