Seachem Flourish Advance
Flourish Advance is an all-natural, biologic growth enhancer for aquatic plants. Its advanced formula contains phytohormones, minerals, and nutrients that dramatically stimulate the growth of both roots and shoots in aquatic plants. Phytohormones are a group of naturally occurring compounds that play crucial roles in regulating plant growth in a wide range of developmental processes, including cell division, formation and activity of shoot meristems, induction of photosynthesis gene expression, leaf senescence, nutrient mobilization, seed germination, root growth and stress response. Used regularly, it also enhances mineral absorption and improves disease resistance. It is non-toxic and completely safe for all plant varieties as well as for fish and aquatic organisms.
During the first ten to fourteen days after application, Flourish Advance works to stimulate root growth beneath the surface. After this initial induction period, significantly enhanced growth in the leaves and stems of the plants will occur.
Purchased some Crypts from the Fish Room & kindly received an additional email from Cam recommending the use of SeaChem Flourish Advance to prevent crypt melt. I followed his advice & added a bottle of Advance to my order... Spoiler, the crypts I purchased have not melted- in fact they have put out new leaves despite being in a low tech, black water betta tank!
Advance put to the test:
Before my new plants arrived, I emptied & nuked my planted tank with hydrogen peroxide as BBA had taken hold. I left the substrate, crypts & echinodorus in as all were infested with BBA (also left some buried bulbs in)- needless to say, neither the crypts or the echinodorus enjoyed their BBA treatment (although it worked fantastically!) as they all severely started to melt within hours.
Thankfully the Advance arrived the next day so I started to use it daily as directed on the bottle. It is now 12days later & every one of the melted plants has sprouted new growth (I thought for sure their root systems would be affected, but the advance has kept them all alive).
As an additional test, I treated 4 similar sized anubis plants, then put 2 into a tank & started dosing with advance (12days of dosing done) & 2 into a tank with no advance added... the anubius in the Advance tank has new growth well established after 12 days, while the anubis without Advance looks to have totally died in the same time.
I am impressed & highly recommend using Advance when buying new crypts.