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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-01-2019, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Started two tanks a couple of months ago. The plants in either tank are not doing well. Water chemistry in 65 gal: nitrate 40, nitrite 0, hardness 75, Cl 0, alkalinity 80, pH 7.2. 20 gal: nitrate 60, nitrite 0, hardness 75, Cl 0, alkalinity 180, pH 8.4. I add the appropriate amount of Flourish Excel daily, I add weekly Na Thrive fertilizer, use Flourish tabs. Weekly water changes with RO water. Can anyone offer any advice, please?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-01-2019, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Still trying to figure out how to post images, ugh!
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Do you re-mineralize your RO?
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-02-2019, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, with Equilibrium. Is there a tutorial on how to post pictures?!
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Yes, with Equilibrium. Is there a tutorial on how to post pictures?!
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Finally figured out the photos. Thank you @Jamo33 What is going on? Too much light? Please help.



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A bit strange that kH is different between the two tanks.

I am guessing that you started both tanks with a bunch of emersed grown plants. If that is the case, they do melt while transitioning to submersed growth and dump nutrients and crud into the tank. In that case, water changes do not help that much with accumulation of organics on the substrate and hardscape. The way to overcome this transitional stage is to keep cleaning: remove decay from substrate, clean the glass, rub algae off affected leaves with your thumb, trim off melting leaves. With stems, once you get 2 - 4" of submersed growth, pull the plant, cut and replant the top.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-18-2019, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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The one tank was started with ordinary softened water (before I knew better) I then changed to RO water with Equilibrium. This definitely does not have to do with too much light? It almost looks like some of the leaves are burned. In the shorter tank with Eco Complete substrate, brown algae is growing on the substrate as well. Thank you.
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One more question. For the plants that are sprouting roots in the middle or for the ones that are getting too long, I should cut these down and replant at the roots?

Rubbing this algae off is a disaster and incredibly time consuming. Some of it simply refuses to come off!
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After cleaning. Should I cut those plants with the long roots?
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