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Old 01-30-2013, 06:41 PM   #1
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Swords decay and dying


I have newly planted 125 gal freshwater tank and am having problem with holes and decay in the leaves on the swords
mon,wed,fri i dose with potassium,nitrogen,iron and organic carbon. It is on 3.8 bubbles a sec of co2 14hrs a day,
Ph 6.8
kh 5
gh 10
no2 2 ppm
no3 20ppm
phos. .25
Temp 79*
t8 6500k lighting
the gavel bed is a mix of 3/16-3/8 gravel and florite
i dose with equilibrium with water changes
this tank is 4 months old but it should be responding better than this. please help
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:03 PM   #2
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Hi,

Is your no2 really 2ppm after 4 months?!
If so something is wrong there. It should surely be 0 by now.

Also your level of phosphate should be higher. Which is likely your problem with the sword.

Also just noticed you have t8 lighting, how many tubes?

Are you dosing any other micro ferts? Because if not your missing a few!

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Old 01-30-2013, 07:34 PM   #3
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rechecked no2 2ppm and no3 2ppm and .25 is correct for the phosphates
2 24 int8 65k tubes
Micro's no im not
the tank cycle and the no2, 3 leveles were 0 till i started dosing with nitrogen

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Old 01-30-2013, 07:49 PM   #4
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rechecked no2 2ppm and no3 2ppm and .25 is correct for the phosphates
2 24 int8 65k tubes
Micro's no im not
the tank cycle and the no2, 3 leveles were 0 till i started dosing with nitrogen
Well your nitrates are bottoming out (so you need to add more - If your sure the test is accurate)

I think you also need to increase your phosphate levels.

Also your missing alot of trace ferts.
You need to order some!

You haven't got all the lighting in the world so demand will be less but they still need them.

Concentrate on your dosing regime and investigate why your tank hasn't cycled.
I hope you haven't got any fish in there!
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:58 PM   #5
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What test kit are you using for nitrate? I know many people get low nitrate readings when using a liquid bottle containing cadmium because they don't shake it enough to dissolve the crystals forming in the bottle.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:01 PM   #6
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sorry 20 ppm no3
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:06 PM   #7
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sorry 20 ppm no3
That's fine

But concentrate on the rest of the ferts.

Plants need all these ferts to grow well.

If any is missing then others don't get used/utilised.
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