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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-17-2012, 03:33 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: canada
Posts: 5
Poor plant growth

I have a conundrum and I am really hoping someone can help me! My plants are not doing well at all. The good news is the fish are looking good! Most of the plants seem to just rot after a few weeks. The water is sort of a very light greenish/brown color almost like the wood is still leaching tannins into the water. Tank was set up Oct. 5 2012. The java fern and anubias barteri are the only plants that seem to be holding up ‘ok’. Even the moss is not really growing very well.
Tank specs…
- 90gal tank, Aquaclear 70 HOB filter and AquaTop CF400-UV canister filter, Aqualife 48’’ T5 HO lights X2 running from 7am-8pm, CO2 (injected just shy of 1 bubble per/sec), 6 bags of EcoComplete and 5 bags of Dark Flourite, 2 pieces of wood both soaked for 5 wks before being put into the tank and have been in the tank for 2 months. No fish have dead up until Dec 15th I had one dead Serpae. I have Angels, Serpaes, panda corys, emperor tetras in the tank.
pH was 8.3 and EC 1.3, and I started putting in acid buffer and pH is still 8.3 and EC is up to 1.8.
Someone thought maybe heavy metals so I have pouch in there absorbing those if that is the issue…
If anyone has any thoughts as to what else I can check or try to get this tank flourishing I would greatly appreciate it!!
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