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01-24-2013 12:40 AM
R.sok I shade mine, with 28watts over an 8 gallon I get decent growth with 1 leaf or more each week. I keep it shaded also, I can't imagine it being in direct light
01-23-2013 11:25 PM
tylers I have seen some anubias in high light set ups. Few of Tom Barrs have them, how do they prevent algae breakouts on them? I will take your advice and put them in some shade. Thank you
01-23-2013 11:12 PM
Hoppy Anubias will not grow rapidly, and, with lots of light, the leaves which are done growing will soon grow a crop of black brush algae. If you can shade the anubias with taller plants they may do ok with your light, but they are truly a low light plant. The tanks you see with healthy plantings growing at a fast rate are almost certainly planted with stem plants, which can grow fast enough to discourage algae attacks. And, you can be sure that they get very good, very regular tank maintenance to keep them looking that way.
01-23-2013 11:03 PM
tylers I mean I see a lot of tanks that are heavily planted and their plants are always growing at good rates and looking lush and healthy. My plants do not seem to grow very well, so I thought it could have been a problem with the lights
01-23-2013 10:58 PM
Darkblade48
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Also, one more thing. Do I have enough lights to see some serious plant growth and have a healthy heavily planted tank or will I need to upgrade if I want to do that?
I think you have sufficient light to grow healthy plants. What do you define as "serious plant growth?" Different people may have different ideas!
01-23-2013 10:41 PM
tylers Also, one more thing. Do I have enough lights to see some serious plant growth and have a healthy heavily planted tank or will I need to upgrade if I want to do that?
01-23-2013 07:38 PM
tylers I will pick up some H202 and remove the algae. I have just increased the Co2 so hopefully I should start seeing an improvement soon
01-23-2013 07:09 PM
l8nite
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Thanks Kathy. I will remove the plant and try the H202 on it, where can I get some? Tank is 26" deep. The other end of the tank seems healthier where there is less flow. Lights used to be on for around 12 hours but have not reduced it (past week) to about 10
You can buy hydrogen peroxide at the grocery store or Walgreens. Near first aid supplies.
01-23-2013 06:59 PM
tylers Thanks Kathy. I will remove the plant and try the H202 on it, where can I get some? Tank is 26" deep. The other end of the tank seems healthier where there is less flow. Lights used to be on for around 12 hours but have not reduced it (past week) to about 10
01-23-2013 06:56 PM
tylers Very helpful guys, thank you.

T5 bulbs are 'Arcadia Plant Pro 54W' x 2
T8 bulbs are 'Life-Glo2 6,700k

My co2 is measured with JBL solution and is currently around PH7.2 KH 12-16.

I also have three very large piranha that eat various white fish meat and beef heart every two days, I fear this may be having an adverse affect on the plants
01-23-2013 06:52 PM
Kathyy The algae looks like BBA to me and it won't go away on its own whether the CO2 and light are right or not. You need to physically remove it by cutting off the leaves or kill it with glut or H2O2 and hope the grazers in the tank eat the dead algae.

First remove any yellowing or decaying leaves, they won't recover. Healthy stems will grow new leaves. I haven't ever but understand nicking them will jump start new shoots on bare stems.

I would try getting a hold of some glut, aka liquid CO2, or H2O2 and rearch carefully and decide for yourself how you want to dose the tank. I use double the daily dose, turn off the pumps and squirt on problem areas, let the tank cook for 15 minutes then turn the pumps back on. I like Bruce's idea too if you can remove the plant.

How deep is the tank? Your lighting may be just fine as is if a bit bulkier than newer technology. How long is the light period? Somewhere between 6-10 hours is usually plenty.

Seeing a lot of unhappy leaves. Providing enough nutrients is part of having a healthy plant, not just having algae free leaves. Be sure there is a little nitrate and a little phosphate present and always dose with at least potassium and micronutrients. Fish poop can provide enough nitrate and phosphate for lower light tanks but often needs supplementing in bright CO2 enriched tanks. See the sticky in the fertilizer subforum for one way to get them in.
01-23-2013 06:48 PM
Darkblade48
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If I was to get more light would the algae get worse? I really want to develop this tank into a highly planted healthy tank

I will increase the Co2 now. Not sure I can up the ferts as I am following the EI dosing and not sure I should add more than the instructions
What kind of T5 bulbs are you running? T5HO and T5NO would be quite different in this regard.

If you were to get more light, without fixing your current problem, it would just aggravate it. Fix the problem first, then you can upgrade your lighting if you want.

For your CO2, are you measuring with a drop checker (and 4 dkH reference solution)?

If you are dosing fertilizers via EI, there is nothing that needs to be changed.

As mentioned by BruceF, just take out your algae infested Anubias, and spray/squirt with a syringe some hydrogen peroxide over the affected leaves. You can remove the badly affected leaves. The BBA should begin to die off within a few days.
01-23-2013 06:45 PM
CoffeeLove Yes more light will make it worse if you don't balance it out with co2 and ferts.

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01-23-2013 06:28 PM
tylers If I was to get more light would the algae get worse? I really want to develop this tank into a highly planted healthy tank

I will increase the Co2 now. Not sure I can up the ferts as I am following the EI dosing and not sure I should add more than the instructions
01-23-2013 06:28 PM
BruceF Take the plant out of the tank and spray it with a mild solution of h202. Let it sit for a few minutes then scrub it. Rince it. Cut off the worst of the leaves. Fix the underlying problem.
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