My planted aquarium 20G

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Adler

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I am making this thread to keep my posts regarding all plant related subjects in one single thread.

current plants:
1 amazon swordplant
2 water wisteria
2 hornwort/fox tail
sagittaria
mini hair grass
hydrocotyle verticillata (not sure about this one)
salvinia auriculata

current water parameters:
pH: 6.0 - 6.5
nitrite: 0 ppm
nitrate: 0 ppm
GH: 120 ppm (it looks like 60 in the second picture but it's 120)
KH: 40 ppm

the pictures were taken 1 minute after dipping
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fertilizers that i'm using:

Aqueon aquarium plant food, dosage: 20ml /week (10ml twice per week).
Seachem Fluorish Excel, dosage: <5ml /day (i only have a cap that goes every 5 ml)
 
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Sounds like a nice setup, although keep in mind an amazon sword will take over a 20gal tank. It's root system you won't see will cover the whole floor and everything around it.
 
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i forgot to include some java fern leaves
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pH is low. Plants need a nitrogen source to grow(nitrates). What about lighting?
how can i raise pH naturally? i could get API pH up but the package says it raises KH too, so i'm not sure about that.

LED lighting info:
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Sounds like a nice setup, although keep in mind an amazon sword will take over a 20gal tank. It's root system you won't see will cover the whole floor and everything around it.
I know and for some reason the sword is my favorite plant that i have , i love that the roots expand in the substrate.

should i get Seachem's root tabs or any brand root tab for my sword, saggittaria and hair grass?
 

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I wouldn't worry about the pH. My goal would be to keep it consistent with your tap water.

Rooted plants will always do better with root tabs, although on a tank that's been setup for years, where you don't vacuum the substrate, you can get away without using them. That's what I do. You'll just have a slow growth rate of the rooted plants.

In terms of a quality brand of root tabs? I have no idea, but I'd be leery of big box pet store stuff.
 
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