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Question Decaying leaves- with pics...

This is what my tank used to look like, what it looks like now, and the most affected leaves...

Two months ago...



This week...



And two pics of the most affected leaves...







Could this be from the move or does this look like an obvious lack in something...??? *Note the lower leaves in the last picture are almost clear...

- 30 gal heavily planted. Assorted Guppies, L001, L104.


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i'm guessing that those being heavy root feeder plants, they are not getting enough nutrients from the substrate.

what are the specs for this tank?
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I am using eco-complete and about 1/2 inch of sand on top of that... I use flourish, flourish potassium, and flourish iron... I have low lighting (working on replacing) and I just put in a DIY CO2 kit today...

- 30 gal heavily planted. Assorted Guppies, L001, L104.


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hmm.... sounds pretty good to me. maybe see what happens when you up the light and co2. it could be some kinda nutrient deficiency. check out this website.

http://hort.ufl.edu/teach/orh3254/DefSymptoms.htm
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You need to be dosing nitrates and phosphates. And unless you are using BOTTLES of the Flourish potassium you are not dosing enough potassium. You would have to be dosing about 60 ml of the Flourish potassium a week to get to recommended levels.

Note the different shape of the leaves? Those big leaves are emmersed growth. The newer longer leaves are immersed growth. But that sword plant is starving to death.

My advice. Get some bulk dry nutrients. Check out www.bestaquariumregulator.com
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Are there tests out there that I can buy to measure nitrates, phosphates, potassium, iron and calcium?

- 30 gal heavily planted. Assorted Guppies, L001, L104.


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Nitrate and phosphate kits are pretty easy to find. Don't waste money on potassium, iron or calcium kits.
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Just start dosing EI. Use Chuck Glads calculator on the web to get the amounts. Start a little shy of the amounts that are calculated. If you light isn't high and you're not pushing your CO2 close to the warning levels for your fish, you may only need to dose once or twice per week. Flourish Excel could help if you don't have good CO2. Regardless, you only need kH and pH test kits.

If your plants are dying, your water changes are going to be critical. Change your filter more often as well.

I've had a dead tank. It will take some time to recover.

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I think your lacking the amount of light. Whats your watts per gallon?
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