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post #1 of 3 Old 01-19-2014, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Funky grayish matter in tank

Hey! Ive had a planted tank for about a month and am running into some problems. I am completely new to these so any help is greatly appreciated.

The tank is a 3 gallon jbj picotope. There are :
2 annubius nana
1banana plant
1 umbrella plant
2 amazon sword
1 white ribbon

I had an additional plant in the tank that appeared to be rotting. The top leaves looked healthy while the base of the plant had a translucent grayish goopy matter around the base of the plant. I pulled that plant out and noticed that the same goop is around the base of the white ribbon that is tied to a rock.

Another problem i have noticed is some of the leaves look like they are becoming clear.

Are these lighting issues or nutrients issues? The lighting and filtration i have is the standard light and filter that jbj packages with the tank.

Thanks for the help!
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-20-2014, 12:24 AM
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Hey! Ive had a planted tank for about a month and am running into some problems. I am completely new to these so any help is greatly appreciated.

The tank is a 3 gallon jbj picotope. There are :
2 annubius nana
1banana plant
1 umbrella plant
2 amazon sword
1 white ribbon

I had an additional plant in the tank that appeared to be rotting. The top leaves looked healthy while the base of the plant had a translucent grayish goopy matter around the base of the plant. I pulled that plant out and noticed that the same goop is around the base of the white ribbon that is tied to a rock.

Another problem i have noticed is some of the leaves look like they are becoming clear.

Are these lighting issues or nutrients issues? The lighting and filtration i have is the standard light and filter that jbj packages with the tank.

Thanks for the help!
It sounds like a light problem with the bottom of the plant is either covered by the overgrowth of the top leaves or the light is not strong enough to reach the bottom of the tank (especially if you have a tall tank.) I know that decaying matter gets this sort of clear coat around it in tanks. Maybe you could show a picture of the plant?
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-20-2014, 08:13 AM
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without pictures, ...

i'd guess either fungus, your plants are rotting, ... or cyanobacteria.

rotting plants (not likely off the top of my head)
fungus (if you're over feeding)
cyano (sounds like it)

having red your origeonal post again

lighting and nutrients to consider if your plants are rotting
if the lighting is low, ... too low for the plant to maintain itself, ... it's going to die, and plant death could very well be accompanied by rotting parts.

some plants want roots to be submerged into the substrate
other plants if you do this you're going to kill your plant

Rhizome plants , ... it pokes leaves out the substrate, otherwise it's root runner is to be planted in the substrate.

Stolon plants, if you plant it's root runner into the substrate it's going to rot and your plant will die
it's root runner needs to be above the substrate, it will anchor in with proper roots as it grows
(and i don't know why anubias isn't listed in this group as it seems to be how it lives)
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