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Old 04-30-2004, 04:00 PM   #1
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5 gallon hex tank w/ 2 ghost shrimp and a betta. 1 anubias, with just enough gravel over the roots but NOT the rhizome, to keep it down.

The plant has bee having problems for about a month now. The leaves turn yellow around the edges, moving inwards in a blotchy fashion, and then turn transparent. When touched, the transparent leaves disintegrate. I have been removing the worst of the leaves, but worry that there is no hope for my plant.

Light is an 11 watt compact flourescent lamp in the hood w/a reflector.
I use Tetra FloraPride, and Jungle Plant Care Fizz Tabs.

Plant also gets indirect sunlight from a nearby window whenever possible.

What can I do to save my poor little plant?
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Old 04-30-2004, 04:17 PM   #2
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sounds like iron or manganese deficiency. get a good fertilizer and you should be good to go. it will take awhile for it to recover though.
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Do I need a differant fertilizer than the fizz tabs and the florapride? Or are those ok and I just need to wait.
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Old 04-30-2004, 04:23 PM   #4
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fizz tabs arent a fert i think they just increase co2 concentration.
i dont know about florapride really. i have an anubias forest and i use Seachem flourish and excel as well as LeafZone every week. leafzone has alot of iron and potassium. i never have yellow leaves.
also might want to throw another plant in there maybe java moss or a sprig of hornwort for balance.
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Old 04-30-2004, 10:47 PM   #5
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yeah if you go with Seachem..your biggest worry with Iron and Flourish will be in not overdosing them. Seachem stuff is really good. YOu might also want a few root tabs under the plants in the substrate as well.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:59 PM   #6
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What would be the appropriate dosages for those products for my tank?
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The recommended dosage is written on the labels. The bottles contain an excellent pipette for dosing small amounts.
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The dosages are like 2ml for 25 gals... and I've got a 5 gal tank! I'd need 0.4ml of the product, or less, for my 5 gal tank... how do I measure that? the dropper only has ml increments
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Old 05-02-2004, 12:05 AM   #9
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The dosages are like 2ml for 25 gals... and I've got a 5 gal tank! I'd need 0.4ml of the product, or less, for my 5 gal tank... how do I measure that? the dropper only has ml increments
In order to dose 0.4 ml, you can make-up a small amount of 40 percent solution (2 parts product and 3 parts water), and then add 1.0 ml of that to your tank. Alternatively, make a 20 percent solution (1 part product and 4 parts water), and use 2.0 ml. Or a 10 percent solution (1 part product and 9 parts water), and use 4.0 ml.

Well, you get the idea. ;-)

Incidentally, when working with small amounts of liquid, the following, referring to the surface tension of fluids, is good advice.

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When measuring a liquid in a glass graduate, hold it at eye level and pour the solution into it until the surface of the liquid reaches the correct mark. You will notice a curved surface on the top of the solution. This curved surface is called the "meniscus." The correct amount is indicated by the lower of two visible lines of the meniscus.
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Yeah, I'm familiar with meniscus.
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If you look closely at the provided dropper, it has 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 1 mL lines.
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I did, it only had 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5ml lines. Maybe they changed it?
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Old 05-02-2004, 01:03 AM   #13
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Maybe you have a larger bottle than me. I only have 100 mL bottles.
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Old 05-02-2004, 01:10 AM   #14
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Check the rhyzome for cracks or splits... it is possible that the plant is damaged. I had a small anubia that did the exact same thing and when I finally decided to give up on it and removed it I noticed that the rhyzome was badly cracked breaking the path to the leaves. It was very hard to tell but mine I think could have actually been sliced. Many of the anubia's we get are from split rhyzomes of a larger plant.
Anyway's, one by one the leaves melted for no apparent reason, especially since the plants only 2" away were thriving... :lol:

Im not a fan of the lighting you got there either... 11 watt bulb has zippo for intensity. I been there , tried that on a little 5 gallon hex and would never try it again... I had better growth with a small anubia when I dumped that light and went with a 25 watt incandescent believe it or not.
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I had an incandescent in there before, but was suggested I switch to the flourescent. I'm confused now.
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