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Deformed leaves and lots of algea

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Ada fertz recommended dose green step 1 and brightly k
4x24 t5ho plus 24 w LEDs on for 10s
Tank is 30" deep

Bad brown algae- place did a great job of getting it off rocks and substrate but not the plants
Had a bad break out of hair algae but has gone away
Green algae forms every day in walls

Amazon sword is growing with deformed bent mutant leaves
Cryp is covered in brown algae
Micro sword has started melting
Stem plants starting to drupe. Red lud is also growing with deformed bent up leaves.

Ph 6.5
Kh 6
Ammonia 0
Nitrates 20
Nitrites 0

My thoughts- nitrate levels? Calcium or boron deficient? Iron? Can't be pot I'm adding that.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Changed lights a week ago from 2x64 pc to 4x24 t5 ho

Also just loaded with fish...
6 discus
2rams
1 albino bn pleco
1 clown pleco- tearing the place up
10 cardinal tetra
2 clown loaches


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My swords started doing the same thing until I added root tabs. I would dose more micro nutrients if you aren't already doing so.
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Thanks been afraid to add more due to my algae issue but will give it a whack.

Also didn't add root tab when I planted but did use Ada power sand.

Maybe this is a good reason to try out that root medic special :-)


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For my Swords, I have been using Jobes Plant Spikes for house plants, Available at just about any garden center. Being heavy root feeders they will appreciate it.
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How long has this tank been set up?

Is it only a few months old?


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Yeah just about 3 months now...
When I did my water change this morning I did notice most of the brown algae is gone now.

I have been doing a lot of water changes... 30% everyother day cause I just put 6 discus in and the nitrates were elevating.


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It definitely sounds like you're deficient in at least a few nutrients. Definitely up the micros and that should do it, if the new growth is still looking bad after that then you may need to up the macros as well.

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For what it's worth... Turns out my O2 was supper low. About 2 p/l.

Thinking this my be the issue at least with the algae.


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Its hard to estimate the amount of light your getting from these figures but it may be too much still. About 1.3 watts per gallon. The only reason you would have problems like this is insufficient co2 combined with possibly insufficient flow. Ferts are a side issue, just make sure you have sufficient macro/micro quantities. Dose the baseline figures. Its very hard to get good flow distribution of co2 in larger tanks (>40g).
You will have to manually remove as much of the algae as you can because it wont go away. Under perfect conditions it will thrive.
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