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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-18-2013, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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problem with swords

Hello all, I just joined the forum. I'm looking forward to learning alot from you all. My first question is what is wrong with my swords? They have what seems to be black algea but it won't rub off. All of the other plants in my tank seem to be doing fine. I'm running 2 t5ho bulbs which total 48 watts at 6500k. This is on a 20 gallon high tank. I leave the lights on for 8 hours a day. I have root tabs in the gravel and dose flourish twice a week. No co2. Any ideas? Thanks for any help. I've attached a couple pics.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-18-2013, 09:41 PM
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Looks like BBA mine have it as well. I have heard of hydrogen peroxide as a treatment, but havent used it myself.


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Standard 55 gallon club... We need one of those.
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Will it hurt the plants or is ok to just leave it?
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-18-2013, 11:53 PM
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is it only on that one leaf? If so, just rip that leaf off.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-19-2013, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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It's on half of the leafs on the two plants.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-19-2013, 12:50 PM
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Decrease your light period to 6 hrs a day or less. Try keeping only one bulb turned on a few days and see if the plants do fine
Shud go away gradually.
The t5ho lights may be too high for the amount of plants and the types
High light will need good CO2 to prevent algae
Or if u have no CO2 go for low light
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-19-2013, 01:34 PM
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nerite snails, ottos, bristlenosed pleco, amano shrimp...all these creatures will help control that for you.

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