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Question Help: plants melting, holes, falling off

Hello,
I'm in need of some advice/guidance from the gurus on this forum
who know so much more about planted tanks than I could ever hope to learn.
Please help me figure out what I am doing wrong, that's causing the leaves of my plants to "melt" cause holes and fall off.
I'll begin with a few pictures to give you a visual of what's happening to leaves on my plants.
Please click on thumbnail for a larger picture.

Melting leaves with holes:


More leaves with holes:


Some more:


Then some more:


Here's a pic of the entire tank:


Here are some stats:
Tank size - 29 gallons

Set up - 9 months to a year

Filter used: Emperor 400 series (I know, overkill) with the 2 bio-wheels, but took one wheel out.

Inhabitants: 1 pearl gourami, 1 platinum lyretail molly, 8 neon tetras, 6 white clouds, 5 baby bronze cories (born in tank),
1 red cherry shrimp, 3 amano shrimp, 3 otocinclus catfish, 1 apple snail, tons of pond and ramshorn snails.

Plants - too stupid to know what I planted. I know I have spiral vals(?), anubias nana var. petite, water sprite,
christmas moss, others that I have no idea what they are.

Lights - 2x65Watts PC light strips, at 6700K color temperature, lighting duration is 6 hours on, 4 hours off, then 6 hours on again every day.

Parameters - Ammonia = 0, Nitrites = 0, Nitrates = less than 5, pH = 7.0, kH = 7, so CO2 between 17.7 & 24.0, gH = 40

CO2 - 3 DIY yeast set ups, 1 diffused with a glass diffuser bell, 1 with a glass difuser bell where the CO2 feeds
directly into the filter intake tube, one with with a DIY diffuser with a Rio pump.

Fertilizer solution - mixed with 1000mL water solution, I add the necessary tablespoons of the macro and micro nutrients using the PMDD method (all fertilizers purchased from Greg Watson's site), with KNO3,
I add 1 tablespoon only. I add a total of 12 drops of this solution to the tank every day. I also add 1 capful of Flourish Excel
everyday.

Water changes - every Sunday, at 50%.

Thank you very much in advance for all your help!

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take a look here http://atlas.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/art_plant_nutrient.htm

It is the lower leaves of the plant, in the photo they seem a little shaded

I would guess that Nitrates are low

Your tank looks great other then that plant


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