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Help with an anubias.. I think I'm killing it.
Old 03-04-2013, 10:58 AM   #1
 
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Help with an anubias.. I think I'm killing it.

I have an anubias in my betta's 3 gallon tank with 3 moss balls as well
The lighting is LED..
I use "plant food" fert weekly
The temp is about 76-80 degrees
Filtered
100% water change weekly w/ stress coat+ added

Here are a few pictures of the anubias. It looks like it's leaves are starting to decay, they have brown spots too and it's roots have a fuzzy appearance. It doesn't look so good. Is the light too bright perhaps?

I'm not sure of the exact kind of anubias this is... but it has longer thinner leaves than an anubias nana.





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Old 03-04-2013, 11:01 AM   #2
 
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Which plant food? And what is the GH?
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:13 AM   #3
 
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Gh is between 0 and 30
and the brand of fert is
Aqueon
"aquarium plant food"
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:26 AM   #4
 
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Assuming the GH is in ppm, that is low. But I cannot recall issues with Anubias when I didn't add calcium beyond what is in a liquid. And there is some in the Aqueon, which from its list of ingredients should be OK. I would switch over to Flourish next time.

The black spots might be algae from direct light. Floating plants help with this.

The species is likely Anubias barteri var. angustifolia, which is not especially difficult.

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Old 03-04-2013, 11:32 AM   #5
 
Can you be specific about what "plant food" you are using? Yellowing leaves can sometimes be an indication of iron deficiency. Also, what kind of lighting do you have for the tank? I know you said LED, but what kind of LED lights.

Also if you are doing 100% water changes, then the plants are not submerged all the time. Part of the reason to have live plants in a tank is to help with water quality - plants add to your filtration capacity. Unless you have really high ammonia readings, I don't think you'd need 100% water changes.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:33 AM   #6
 
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Gh is between 0 and 30
and the brand of fert is
Aqueon
"aquarium plant food"
What does it say on the label about what is in the plant food?
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:36 AM   #7
 
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What does it say on the label about what is in the plant food?
I looked it up and here is what they say on their website:

Soluble Potash K2O..................................1%
Calcium .................................................. .0.2%
Magnesium (Mg)........................................5%
0.03% Water Soluble Magnesium (Mg)
Sulfur (S)..............................................0 .036%
0.036% Combined Sulfur (S)
Boron (B)............................................0.0 006%
Iron (Fe).............................................. ....0.12%
0.12% Chelated Iron (Fe)
Manganese (Mn)............................0.00008%
0.00008% Chelated Manganese (Mn)
Molybdenum (Mo).............................0.0035%
Zinc (Zn)...........................................0.0 0012%
0.00012% Chelated Zinc (Zn)

Derived From
Muriate of potash, Calcium chloride, Magnesium sulfate, Sodium tetraborate, Iron EDTA, Manganese EDTA, Sodium molybdate, Zinc EDTA

Non-Plant Food Ingredients

Kelp Extract........................................... ..0.03%
Deionized Water....................................98.5%
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:39 AM   #8
 
I'd get some API Leaf Zone. It has iron and potassium, and I use it as a supplement to the Seachem Flourish in my tanks.

No yellowing anubias...
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:04 PM   #9
 
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Mine yellowed if they were in direct light, might be part of the problem.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:17 PM   #10
 
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I put a little bit of dark blue tape over some of the LED lights to dampen the light... Maybe I should add a few more because the leaves seem to be thinning.
I honestly have no idea what kind of LED it is...
I didn't even know there were different kinds :(
It was a little screw on light fixture that came with my 3 gallon bow front (came from petsmart)
There are no ammonia readings in the tank, but there is a very low amount of nirtites for some reason -__- so that is why I have been doing 100% weekly.
I was hoping to cycle the tank, but I'm not sure how to do that in such a small tank.
When I do water changes, I clean off the leaves of the anubias in old tank water to get rid of the algea.. it looks like created by the moss balls.. im not sure.. its just green and fuzzy.. and then I keep it in a cup of old tank water with my betta while I clean out the tank. The moss balls I wash off in the sink to get rid of the algea stuff that grows on them and the goo that also grows on them.

I will look into buying a fert with more iron
Thanks guys!
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