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Black coloring on leaves.

Hello all. Im new to the forum and I wanted to ask a question... I tried the search but to no avail.

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I have black coloring on the leaves of my plants. I cant rub it off so it is not film but the plants are very green but this black coloring is good or bad?

Im extremely new to planted aquarium life and my husband has recently switched from FW tank to nano reef SW and I wanted the FW tank to become a planted aquarium noob tank.

My tank basics
40g FW
JBJ cannister filter
Heater (I keep it around 79f.)
(2) 36w 10k white light bulbs.
Substrate - I dont have a clue but the LFS told me that it was plant aquarium fertilizer substrate. Very fine black sand.
and lastly fish and about 10 plants.

Im attempting to start slow but what Im trying to figure out is how everyone gets that "grass" look in which Im focusing on now once I get the black coloring off of the leaves. Any suggestions would be helpful and even if I have to buy something its only a credit card away. (Im glad the hubby pays for everything. LOL)
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Well, by any chance is the plant in question a java fern? If so, the black spots are normal. New leaves and plantlets will sprout from it. If it's another type of plant, I'm not too sure what to tell you without pictures.
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Sounds like algae. That "grass" look is a lot harder to get that it looks. Takes lots of time and patience. After 3 attempts at growing HC, the third time took after I set some plastic grating on it with some lead weights on top to hold it down. It is fun to watch it grow in though. Hopefully now it will start to spread out.
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Sounds like algae. That "grass" look is a lot harder to get that it looks. Takes lots of time and patience. After 3 attempts at growing HC, the third time took after I set some plastic grating on it with some lead weights on top to hold it down. It is fun to watch it grow in though. Hopefully now it will start to spread out.
If its algae... what do I need to do to get rid of it?

Also, I do plan on getting pictures of a leaf or two so I can explain my case better.
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You only have 1.8 watts of light. Not realy enough to grow plants good.

Do you run c02? Ferts?
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Fine tune your tank.......lights, ferts, etc. Everyone has had or is still having a fight with algae. It is a constant battle. That is one of the hardships of having a tank or two or ten. Learning how to deal with it. Spot dosing with Excel, but algae will come back if the parameters are off.
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