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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-19-2018, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all,
Iím having a bit of an issue with my planted tank and what looks like dirt/ detritus possibly algae on the plants, on the leaves and roots. Hopefully some of you have had this issue and found a solution.

Iím relatively new to the hobby. My tank has been set up with substrate a few years ago when I originally went planted but I gave away all the plants because I didnít have time to maintain it and keep it running as a fish only tank. I went high tech a little over a month ago. I have a 55 gal tank, penn plax 1500 canister filter (350 gal hour), bio media, mechanical filters and a Carbon bag, in-line UV sterilizer, in-line co2 defuser, with a finnex 24/7 light set to the 24/7 mode. Co2 is on a timer set to come on an hour and a half before peak lighting and goes off an hour before afternoon lighting (about 7 hours).Lilly pipe outlet with an additional power head in the rear right corner pointed in the same direction and in the same right side a skimmer/filter inlet.

Water quality is okay: 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrites , 20ppm nitrates, 0ppm phosphates and 6.6 ph with co2 running.

I have 5 fish, two Baka sharks (5Ē and 4Ē), pleco (5Ē) and two glass cats (3Ē)

Iíve experienced melting, have trimmed and propagated some on the plants around the tank. Anubias, crypts, and I apologize but I do not remember the names of the others, Iíll have to look it up later. Hopefully the pics help. Any advise or experience with similar situations would be appreciated! Thanks!

Here are some pics for reference!

The rock is holding down the wood, it is still trying to float.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-20-2018, 12:33 AM
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With new wood etc. it may be diatoms, and they usually settle down after a few weeks. You could try a slightly shorter photo period to help minimise algae whilst everything adjusts.
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Thanks, I’ll have to give it a try for a few weeks and see if I see any improvement.
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