I would have used a long transfer pipette or something similar, soaked up the liquid fert & leave it sort of dripping onto the plant.
I read one several forums to use 1/2 or 1/3 of the recommended dosing because API is assuming your tank is HEAVILY planted. If you only have a few plants then 1/3 or so should be efficient.
I wonder how the plants would absorb the nutrients by just DOSING the whole tank. That I'm not so clear on.
Also the light you're using on your tank. Is it rated to 6500K? Anything lower than that may not be in the right color spectrum to promote plant growth.
Here's a photo of some of the lights I disqualified when I went o the hardware store. The fluorescent were the ones that appeal to me.