Originally Posted by Seattle_Aquarist
I downloaded and enlarged your full tank picture; is it fairly recent? If so it may give us a clue. Here is what the plant on the right rear looked like....does it have the dark leaf veins and substantially lighter areas between the veins as we see in the picture?
That's so cool you did that! These pictures were taken today for the purpose of posting here. What you're pointing to is just a strong reflection of the light off of a Java Fern leaf. I took another, closer shot of that same area. You can see the leaf better (It's pearling). HOWEVER, you made me notice a newer Sword leaf (left of center) where the veins are lighter than the rest.
: I prune as needed, which is as least once a month . . . I need to cull the Java Ferns! I just don't know what do do with them. I hate throwing them out! . . . . I really don't want to ditch all in one ferts! I'd rather under use it and supplement. But I don't know what I need!
I'm convincing myself that I've been lazy about the water changes!
1) I just finished a 5 gallon water change. I plan on doing another on Sunday. I'll keep up with the frequent water changes until the new test kit tells me levels are acceptable. Then I'll study my tank until I discover what the water change frequency needs to be, and how much. (I hope 5 gallons at a time eventually works!)
2) I ordered a new Seachem Nitrite/Nitrate test kit. I was not shaking the #2 bottle of the API Nitrate kit for the first 6 months of using it, so I cannot trust the results! It shows my tap-water has 20ppm Nitrate! According to my local Water Authority the High reading of Nitrate last year was less than 9ppm.
3) I added an extra Fluval C3 with Matrix media. I still was able to use the filter pad in the back, but all 250ml of the Matrix took up both the charcoal and bio-media chambers, but that's fine.