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10gal tank. Fully cycled. About 7 months. Fish occupants include 1 Betta, 3 Endlers, and 3 Cory. I have an Amazon Sword which does fine, and another plant ( don't know name) that thrives, got two other species of plants that turn brown or transparent, so I've added fertilizer to help them, which has some what helped. But at the same time the fertilizer raises my Nitrates level, so I do water change. The water changes seem to hurt the plants, so I'm trying to help the plants with fertilizer, fertilizer helps but raises Nitrates, I water change to lower Nitrates, plants get hurt from water change. It's a 10Gal tank. I try to only use very little fertilizer. Could it be that these plants just are not right for my water. I have very hard water. I got two plants that do fine. Anyway. Any body got advice to help me balance this problem. So I have healthy plants and healthy fish
 
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I understand it would be helpful to know what the plants are called. I'll try to figure it out. I just know they are very common type.
 

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pictures of the plants?

if the fertiliser has ammonia, nitrite or nitrate in it, then it belongs in the garden, not an aquarium.
What is the name of the fertiliser?

you could be buying marsh or garden plants. A lot of shops sell these as aquarium plants but they simply rot after a week or two in the water.

what sort of light is on the tank and how long is it on for?
 
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Ill take some pictures in the next couple days. The fertilizer I bought at my LFS. It has pictures of fish on the bottle, it's like basic aquarium plant fertilizer.
 

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How many ppm of nitrate did you have before using the fertilizer and what is it after you used the fertilizer? What is the name or brand of the fertilizer?
 

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Most aquatic plants prefer soft acid water. So, if you have hard water you may struggle to grow some species of plants.
 
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Amazon sword, doing better, since fertilizer
 

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I don't know what this plant is, since fertilizer it's been doing better but this is the plant I have most problems with
 

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This plant I've had problems with too, since fertilizer it's done better
 

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