One tab close to the crown of each of the sword plants will provide what they need, at least in most cases, combined with nutrients from water changes and fish feeding. If you have non-substrate rooted plants (Anubias was mentioned earlier in this thread) and of course floating plants, these will not benefit from substrate tabs. A comprehensive liquid fertilizer (this is one that has everything needed and in proportion to each other which is important) might benefit, or it might cause more algae trouble. If you have floating plants, I would use a comprehensive liquid [Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive Supplement for the Planted Aquarium is good] but sparingly.Hi guys. So I got the Seachem's Flourish Tabs and have placed them in the tank. I am just wondering do I still need to dose with liquid fertiliser?
Anubias, like Java Fern, and mosses, are low light requiring plants as they are, by comparison, slow growing plants. With less light comes less nutrients in balance. So the upper water column may be fine.The Anubias seem to be doing really well. New shoots every week
There is black brush/beard algae on some of the sword leaves in the photo in post #1. These leaves are yellowing which means dying, so this may not be an issue, as this algae frequently appears on dying leaves. Whether this is the algae appearing after the leaf is dying, or the algae causing the leaf to begin dying, I don't know. But the two do go together especially with sword plants. Not a worry, the dying leaves, if they are the outer leaves and there is new leaf growth from the centre of the crown; this is normal. The plant can re-channel nutrients from older leaves to provide nutrient for new growth.There is no algae on the tank the filter or any of the rocks. There is on the Anubias tho I don't mind it but should I be trying to get it off the Anubias and if so how?
All snails will eat algae, but like fish they are picky as to which species they will eat, and generally this will never really solve "problem" algae issues. The common algae that naturally forms part of the bio-film on all submersed surfaces is rarely even seen by us, but readily eaten by snails and some grazing fish (otos, Bristlenose, Farlowella, mollies, rift lake mbuna, etc).I think it's the black beard algae. No i plucked all the sanils out. I can't stand them. Although maybe your referring to a different type of snail. Is it diffrent to the ones that get in there from plants?