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Feedback and questions on new 10 gal planted freshie

Iíve had my tank for around a month now and currently have an AI prime for lighting and a separately housed area for my filter(a carbon sack and foam) and heater(set to 76-78). Itís currently housed with 4 neon tetras 3 albino cory catfish, 3 snails and 2 Amano shrimp. Iíve attached some pictures.

My question is, my hairgrass and water sprites in the back seem to be collecting some sort of film and funk on the leaves. Iím not sure this is algae but I do t know what it is. Also donít think my plants look to healthy. Iím not sure if these water spited are not built for a tank my size. Looking for advice or any feedback sorry, new here. Also my water sprites seem to be growing roots above the water. Is this normal?




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Pull the rhizome of the anubias out of the substrate. It should be either tied to something like a rock or piece of wood or just bury the roots of the plant. The roots youíre talking about from the water sprite are aerial roots and are normal for aquatic plants. Hairgrass takes its time to get rooted and then eventually start spreading. With no CO2 this will take much longer. Hairgrass and finer leaf plants are notorious for collecting debris. Also almost every plant will go through an exclamation period when being introduced to new water parameters. Usually the old growth will start dying as the new roots start growing and then the new growth will come out of the top or out of a side shoot of the plant. I didnít see you talk about any fertilizing. If you are not familiar go to the fertilization section of the forum and read the stickies at the top.


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Pull the rhizome of the anubias out of the substrate. It should be either tied to something like a rock or piece of wood or just bury the roots of the plant. The roots youíre talking about from the water sprite are aerial roots and are normal for aquatic plants. Hairgrass takes its time to get rooted and then eventually start spreading. With no CO2 this will take much longer. Hairgrass and finer leaf plants are notorious for collecting debris. Also almost every plant will go through an exclamation period when being introduced to new water parameters. Usually the old growth will start dying as the new roots start growing and then the new growth will come out of the top or out of a side shoot of the plant. I didnít see you talk about any fertilizing. If you are not familiar go to the fertilization section of the forum and read the stickies at the top.


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In addition to willcooper's advice, how long are your lights on?
If your not adding fertilizer you might have than on to long. If longer than 8hrs I would reduce.

Plus getting kh/gh, nitrates levels might help as well.

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Great info guys thank you! And I didnít know that about my second plant I definitely will.

I am dozing with a liquid fertilizer once a week and have have a CO2 diffuser I am setting up as soon as my local shop has more co2 cartridges in stock. As far as the levels as well, Iíll need to buy some test kits.

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