08-15-2011, 05:54 PM
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This can certainly be a lighting and fertilizer issue. The plants I chose are easy to grow, good for my specific pH, but also good in low/dim light. (wisteria, anubias, water sprite & pennywort) I have a standard 15 watt, 18" spectrum flourescent bulb and it's on approx. 12 hours a day. I'm sure that's not too great for the plants but great for any algea growth. Plus, my plants did not received the proper fertilizer treatments during the first 2 to 3 weeks. I was having to do a lot of water changes due to the cycling of the tank, therefore the water conditioner would render the fertilizer useless. Therefore I had some initial leaf die-off's and some plants that didn't make it. I'm sure that loaded the organics in the water. I didn't want to remove too much of the organics because I wanted the C02, but I'm such a novice that I'm sure it's all unbalanced. I'll keep an eye on it and continue to wash it off in conditioned water. If I can't get it under control, I'll post again for your direction. Thank you!