Okay, I'm backing off blaming my nerite's for a bit, because now more plants seem affected, and I have some algae (some BBA, unsure of rest) and so I must have SOME sort of nutrient imbalance. Most of my plants pearl, and some pearl from top to bottom, it's almost ridiculous. CO2 drop checker reads well, and if I turn it up much more the fish start heading to the surface.
I have a pH around 8, and while I don't know my exact gH and kH, they are both HIGH/HARD. My phosphates are reading over 5.0ppm, and nitrates over 40ppm.
The lighting is 2 Diamond plate fixtures on 8 hours a day, a few inches above the tank. The plants all grow, some of them a ton.
I really can't figure it out, what's going wrong?
Along with the pictures below, I can say my Hydrocoytle has some leaves black around the outside, and my ludwigia red is basically one type of algae or general not looking good on old growth, while new growth looks great. And my other 3 Aromatica stems don't look nearly as bad as the one pictured.