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Help with anubias only 180 - No Co2.




So I have a 180 (6ft x 2ft) with anubias only. Ive been adding flourish here and there. Also Iron flourish once a few weeks or so. Tried flourish potassium but it didnt seem to do much.

I have no Co2. Only the LED light (no idea how bright it is as far as PAR) and a 4' t5NO thats not too bright at all.

The plants are not dying, but I get the occasional yellow and then dead leaf. They really arent thriving either. When I got them, they were this nice big size.

Whats the best way to keep them happy and healthy and maybe thrive? Schedule and or additives?

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You need to provide all elements of nutrients. This means npk and micros. Flourish once and a while will not be enough.

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It loooks to me from the picture like most of the yellow leaves are in places that are less well-lit. The lighting doesn't look so bad but I would try increasing it.

You will need to fertilize with a full IE (if that's what you choose) NPK and CSM+B (hope that's spelled right - it's micronutrients). The dose of fertilizers should be less than instructed because you're not thickly planted. You should see a difference over the time it usually takes to produce new leaves.

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How long have you had your tank set up? Are your nitrates over 10 ppm. I get by with very little fertilizers. Your fish load looks like they would get most of what they need from there waste. But I have seen them sit and do nothing for couple months and then just take off.
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BTW, Anubis are very undemanding when it comes to light, so maybe that's not the first thing you should try.

I believe that the yellowing of leaves is called chlorosis and is present in many deficiencies. Here's a link to a deficiency chart: http://deficiencyfinder.com/ and here: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=98529

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Anubias require little light and in my experience do fine in shaded areas. Keep the tank low light, also you might look into a split photo period to keep the CO2 levels from bottoming out during your photo cycle.

As long as you have fish providing nitrates, food providing phosphate then all you really need to dose is K and micros. Last I checked yellow leaves can be a sign of potassium deficiency. If I were in your shoes I would dose K and micros once a week during the water change and call it good.

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abubias is one of the easiest to grow plants in the trade.

your problem is not lighting,i have anubias growing in a bowl that gets indirect light for maybe 3 hours a day and it is doing almost better than any of my other anubias, usually anubias have a potassium deficiency.

usually the easiest fix is root tabs but since all of yours are attached to rocks you are going to have to start dosing ferts. since all you have are anubias in the tank you could get by with a very lite regimen, you will have to ask an expert but i would assume ou can get by with maybe half the recommended dose for a tank that size.

you will want to go in and cut off all of the decaying leaves before you start to dose. after a week or two of dosing inspect the leaves for any new damage or new growth and adjust dosing up or down based on plants.

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waht would you guys use to dose ferts in this big 180? Flourish Potassium might get expensive -

Potassium sulfate? or Nitrate?
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Potassium sulfate is what you want.

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Ive never dosed raw dry ferts - what would be the dosing regimen for this 180?
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For anubias u dont need too much ferts, all their doin right now is settleing in. I just finnished goin through the same thing with my custom 70gal anubias set up.
This is like 3-6 months ago
I do run CO2 but ive gone months with no ferts jus tha CO2 an i got no algae nothing even now i dose once in a while with dry ferts.

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For anubias u dont need too much ferts, all their doin right now is settleing in. I just finnished goin through the same thing with my custom 70gal anubias set up.
This is like 3-6 months ago
I do run CO2 but ive gone months with no ferts jus tha CO2 an i got no algae nothing even now i dose once in a while with dry ferts.
So much lovely anubias *grabby hands at* is that broadleaf going up towards the surface on the far left?

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Coffefolia? I have like 6 of those
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