As the title says, I've had an established 40g planted tank for a few months now, but wanted to get some help on a few things. Most things are growing pretty well, (albeit slowly as it is low tech) but I have a few issues.
1. I've noticed some melting/browning leaves on my swords. One of which is kind of turning a a reddish/brownish color. Is this normal or is there something I am missing here?:
2. I think I've all but given up on my anacharis. It has gotten pretty wimpy and I might put it in one of my other non planted tanks and see how it goes. I does excel every other day and I understand that they can be sensitive to this so I'll probably replace with some other plant. Any suggestions for a good low tech plant that gets tall? Maybe something with some more color as other than my ludwigia its all pretty green
3. My crypt is growing well, but I noticed some of the leaves are having a brownish/reddish color too. Do they ever do that or there some sort of nutrient deficiency?
4. Everything else is actually pretty good. The dwarf hairgrass is really taking off, my Ludwigia is producing some nice pink leaves, and some "greenish" water seems to have finally taken care of itself. My pennywort almost entirely died off but is making a come back too. Some of my pics look pretty green but thats just poor photography. In person things look pretty good
I have pics from 10-24-14 and 1-22-15 to compare
PH - 8.0
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 5ppm
1 hour LED 6.50 hours T5 7.5 hours total
2 x 39 Watt T5
dosing 5ml Flourish excel one day and 5ml Flourish trace the next. I also do a daily log on tumblr: