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What is my tank deficient in?
« on: February 03, 2020, 06:33:51 pm »
Hello people, I really can’t get plants to grow well in this tank, I’ve spent way too much on new plants and just cannot get anything to grow well.

300L tank 4ft x 2ft tall
Fluval 3.0 running at 50%-60% for about 6 hours
Using TNC Light 4mm every day auto dose. I use lite because I have heavy fish load.

Plants are a little bit yellow and basically falling apart, swords aren’t too bad and large Vallis isn’t too bad but I’ve tried so many other different species. So many crypts and other easy plants all fall apart completely and die. And now this Wistieria is falling apart please see photos.

Any help is appreciated, anything at all please.


140L (4 foot) Bosemani Rainbowfish community tank
Outdoor 500L raised patio pond with bog filter
60L Blackwater neon tetra tank

My Fish Instagram: @kierans.fish

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    Re: What is my tank deficient in?
    « Reply #1 on: February 03, 2020, 07:30:04 pm »
     If you really want them to grow you could try using Co2
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    Re: What is my tank deficient in?
    « Reply #2 on: February 03, 2020, 08:05:59 pm »
    Hello, I really don’t want to get into co2 lol. I used to have a 60 litre tank that grew plants so well without co2 or ferts, but I just can’t seem to do it with this big aquarium.

    Do you think the size of the aquarium matters, bigger aquariums need co2 whereas the smaller 60 litre ones don’t?
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    Re: What is my tank deficient in?
    « Reply #3 on: February 03, 2020, 09:10:44 pm »
    Size should not matter, I can recommend EASYLIFE PROFITO with EASYCARBO also try root tabs,  these days I use Co2 and my plants shoot up.
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    Re: What is my tank deficient in?
    « Reply #4 on: February 04, 2020, 09:51:24 am »
    Hi Kieran

    I have similar issues with similar plants, some work some don't.
    The ones that work for me are the Amazon swords (Echinodorus species), Hydrocotyle leucocephala, Tiger Lotus Nymphea Zenkeri Red and very few others.
    Some plants do require a high-tech set up (CO2 etc..) and others are fine with a low-tech set up.
    Try liquid carbon with the TNC Lite to see if things improve.

    All the best
    Stephen
    Look after your fish and the water, do regular water changes & maintenance, do your research and the hobby will be rewarding.
    All the best
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    Re: What is my tank deficient in?
    « Reply #5 on: April 08, 2020, 09:46:15 pm »
    Looks like you have a deficiency in a nutrient there. It’s always hard to accurately identify what.

    How heavily planted is your tank, what substrate do you have, are you dosing any fertiliser? The plants you’ve noted working for you are all heavy root feeders, so a fertiliser and liquid co2 could fix all your problems if you aren’t dosing already.

    What ever changes you make do it one at a time and do it slowly.
    Tank 1: 125l planted
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    False Julii Corys
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    Celestial Pearl Danios
    Golden Lyretail Kilifish.

    Tank 2: 55l Amazon bio type
    Apistogramma Agassizii
    Green Neon Rasboras

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    Re: What is my tank deficient in?
    « Reply #6 on: April 08, 2020, 10:16:57 pm »
    Hello Martyn thanks for the reply. I reduced my new Fluval 3.0 plant light from 100% to 50% and the plants have done much better! I dose liquid ferts and apply root tabs to inert substrate.
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    Re: What is my tank deficient in?
    « Reply #7 on: April 08, 2020, 10:21:26 pm »
    Hey, so what ferts are you dosing, a complete or a trace elements only? Wisteria is pretty hardy and grows under most conditions. Just interested to see what you changed to fix it? Was it just the light or ferts as well?
    Tank 1: 125l planted
    Venezuelean Corys
    False Julii Corys
    Neon Tetra
    Celestial Pearl Danios
    Golden Lyretail Kilifish.

    Tank 2: 55l Amazon bio type
    Apistogramma Agassizii
    Green Neon Rasboras