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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-28-2014, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
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plants look terrible

I have a 55gallon planted tank. The plants have went from nice to not so nice.
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Ammonia o
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Aquatic life 48 inch t5ho 108 total watts
Aquaclear 70 and an aquaclear 110 hob filters
Ecocomplete substrate. 3inches
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Not sure what all my plants are. I know I have some annubias , chains word , swords , etc.
I have what looks like diatoms on the annubias , it won't wipe off of them. The chains swords. are melting. What am I doing wrong? The pic with the house is when they were nice. The house has since been taken out. I have four yoyo loaches , two Cory cats , six tetras and two small clown loaches that I borrowed to get rid of the pond snails. Then they will go back.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-28-2014, 04:21 AM
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You probably have high light, and that means you need to provide nutrients for the plants so they can grow at the fast rate that the light drives them to. When you don't have the nutrients the most aggressive grower of the plants will use up the available nutrients, while struggling to grow, and the other plants will very likely just melt away.


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Don't bury your anubias, attach it to an object.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-28-2014, 11:38 PM
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too much light. not enough nutrients. less light is always better than more unless you have co2. I had the same problem few months ago until i decided to take 1 bulbs out. Was running 2 t5's on a 90 gallon and my plants were melting/dying. Now i only run 1 t5 and everything is looking like where it should be. My plants are actually thriving, slow, but its a low tech after all.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-29-2014, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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Now that I think about it , my plants started going down shortly after I changed out one of the bulbs from a 6700 k to a rosett bulb. Could this make a difference?

What brand fixture do you have. Will my aquatic life run with just one bulb? Guess I need to try it and see.

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Can you show a photo of the rosette bulb you are using or a link to the site you got it from?

Are you still using the 108 watt T5 HO fixture or did you remove it?

The amazon sword plant leaves are dying because the plant was grown emersed and emersed sword leaves tend to die off when the plant is submersed. It will grow submersed leaves soon enough.

The damage to the chain sword looks exactly like the kind of damage that happens when a plant gets no light and starts to die. This doesn't seem to make a lot of sense if you are still using the 108 watt fixture and given that your other plants don't look light deficient.

In any event the chain sword damage does not look like a nutrient deficiency since both the old growth and the new growth seem to be affected. Though if you can examine it closely and let us know if the newest leaves are dying or not it would greatly help narrow down the possibilities.
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How long a period of time between the pics? I'm asking because plants do often take a while to settle into a new environment and get over root shock before they begin again to flourish.
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The plants have been doing great now for about 3 months. I it just dawned on me that I switched from a 6700 k daylight bulb to a Roseate bulb a couple of weeks ago. I switched back this morning. Could the Roseate have caused the decline in the plants?

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