This is my first planted tank. Thought I was doing well, until I read the 4 part series...ah, well. If you stop learning, etc...
I have a couple of plants whose ID I do not know. Hoping to get them ID'd so I can complete the profile for my aquarium. The second plant is having some troubles, too.
Plant 1: Appears pretty healthy. plant1.jpg
Plant 2: Not so healthy appearing. Picture a bit blurry. Has grown new leaves, but as leaves age they become discolored brown and fuzzy. This does not wipe off when I try to clean the leaves. There is a main horizontal tuber with roots growing from the ventral surface. Is that just red algae attack? Ideas? plant2.jpg
Since having plants, I was still having problems with elevated Nitrates (~40ppm) so i have continued to use charcoal, and just added Seachem Matrix to the charcoal bag. Also mechanical filration through sponge (Whisper 30 filter set up). I also had problems with cory catfish dying and it was suggested that there was inadequate oxygen at the tank bottom and I should add an airstone. So I did. Now reading the plant keeping info, it seems I should be using only mechanical filtration and get rid of airstone...
Requested profile info: (also have tank profile attached to my profile)
1. Tank size
20 gallon, high.
2. Watts and type of lighting
Fluorescent...rest unknown since I didn't keep box. Did say on box that it would support live plants.
3. Number and types of plants
3 moss balls, 3 aponogeton, 1 red java fern, 1 anubius hastafolia, 2 unknowns above
4. Substrate type
Gravel- mainly white with some black and neon assorted mixed in.
5. Age of tank
6. CO2 injection
7. Water Parameters
a. GH ?, KH ?, pH-8.0, NO3-5ppm, PO4 ?, Ammonia 0.25ppm, etc
Use Ap Master Test kit. Don't have test kits for GH/KH/PO4. On my shopping list now..
b. When test was performed, (after a water change, middle of the week, first thng in the morning, late at night, etc.):
Performed in the early evening 3.5 days after last water change.
8. Detailed description of plant problems
Photos above- new leaves appear healthy. Once they are a couple weeks old they develop a rusty/brown appearing covering that is also fuzzy. Will not wipe off. Is still growing new leaves. Seems focused mainly around leaf edges with spots on leaf surface. Leaf does not become thin or friable.