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What happened to my plants...

So i started my planted tank about 2 months ago so I'm rather new to this hobby. I have 29 gallon with DIY co2 with dual 24watts t5Ho lights, I recently started EI dry ferts about a 2 weeks ago and everything was fine. I left on vacation and came back to my tank with holes in most of my plants, I had my friend take care of the tank while i was gone and he admitted to missing some days of dosing but would that really cause what happened to my plants. Also upon further inspection i found a bunch of little black/brown things moving around on the leaves, Snail? I have some links of the leaves what i think is snails. Any advice how to get my plants looking healthy again would greatly be appreciated.

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Snails or potassium shortage maybe?


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Based on the photos, I'd exclude snails. Nutrient deficiency or toxicity of some sort.
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Ok, so would it be possible that the damage is from missing a few days of dosing. My friends said he did miss a day or two. Or I just don't have enough potassium. I thought ei dosing would have more than enough.


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Nutrient deficiency for sure. I'd check your CO2, as well as double check your dosing amounts. Looks like a macro deficiency to me.

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It definitely looks like a deficiency. How was your CO2 doing when you left?

Truth is, you weren't around so you can't be sure what happened. If your tank was doing well before you left, keep doing what you were doing then.

I'd suggest removing any unhealthy or dead plants, salvage everything that's still healthy, and replant. Whatever those new pests are they're going to have a field day on any decaying leaves. If you want to avoid their population exploding you need to remove anything they could use as a source of food.
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A standard 29 gallon tank with two T5HO bulbs lighting it from right at the top of the tank, will be getting high light with almost any light fixture except Coralife and FishNeedIt. With that much light the plants will go through nutrients and CO2 pretty fast, and they will be unhealthy unless you make sure they always have enough of both to let them continue to grow as fast as that light drives them to.

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Thanks for the great information, Ill be ordering a pressurized CO2 system in a few weeks, What could i do to minimize further damage to my plants, I was running lights for six hours perhaps drop it to four?
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Try lifting the fixture 4 or 5 inches, and cutting down the photo period by a few hours.

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