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post #1 of 11 Old 03-09-2013, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Still having issues with my new anubias...

Setup is 55 gallon with one 48' life glo 2 bulb on for 8hrs a day. Dosing flourish Comp. once a week, ph 8.2-8.4, gh 11 and temperature at 76-77.

Fish in the tank are 10 bloodfin tetras, 5 black mollys, 1 yellow molly, 5 cherry barbs and 6 bronze cories.

A couple weeks ago I scrapped all my plants I had except for my amazon sword that was the only plant that showed consistent grow and bought several different species of anubias and 1 more amazon sword from aquarium plants.com. All plants arrived in perfect condition .

Problem going on now is there have been leaves on almost every single anubias that has turned yellow then brown so I removed them and some of them
Are down to 1 or 2 leaves. Also their is a leaf that is still green but becoming transparent. My new amazon sword is shooting new leafs from the crown but a couple of older leafs near the bottom are becoming yellow at the tips and some of the baby plantlets that's on it their leaves are becoming yellowish/brown, root tabs are under the swords. Also of note is I also have wisteria that's floating ,it's not doing great but not dying either. Only 1 new leaf has come in on my 8-9 anubias I bought. What could be causing these problems? Here is a pic of the problem ... Aquarium plants said all their plants are grown submerged also . All of the anubias are rubberband to rock
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post #2 of 11 Old 03-09-2013, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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The anubias I have are nana,coffeefoila,lanceolota , congensis, afzelii, barteri, and heterphylla. I also do 50% weekly water changes, just trying to give all the info I can so some one could suggest something.

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post #3 of 11 Old 03-09-2013, 07:06 PM
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Try some API Leafzone. I believe your lacking potassium. Your plants display the classic symptoms. Also make sure the rhizome is not buried, that will cause plant demise also.
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post #4 of 11 Old 03-09-2013, 07:15 PM
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Thinking back to your last thread I still have no idea.
*scratches head* The only thing I can think of is maybe the ph is too high for them. You have them in shade right? Believe you said you did?

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post #5 of 11 Old 03-09-2013, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah their is shade , my floating plants cover about 60% of surface. I did order some API leaf zone because it was my thinking also that I'm lacking potassium and maybe iron, I'll combine that with the flourish and see if the plants respond as I can't think of anything else.
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post #6 of 11 Old 03-09-2013, 07:47 PM
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Be very careful using iron. The brown blotches on the leaves are indicative of iron excess, though this can be combined with other issues too so i wouldn't jump to conclusions. Remember that in using Flourish Comprehensive, you are adding sufficient iron to balance the other 16 nutrients in Flourish, so iron itslef should not be needed unless others are increased. Of course, into this equation one must factor that some other nutrients may be in excess due to tap water, fish food, fish load. I see no indication of potassium deficiency (per say) in the photos.

New plants usually go through an adjustment period, and "a couple weeks" is still in this timeframe. On the swords, expect most existing leaves to yellow and die. Provided new growth is appearing, as you indicate, this is nothing to worry about.

Anubias does much the same. I have terrible luck with this genus. Not sure why. My Java Fern in the same tanks does fairly well by comparison.

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post #7 of 11 Old 03-09-2013, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Byron, so your saying its common for anubias to lose some leaves within first few weeks in aquarium and that what I'm seeing is nothing to really be over concerned with? I actually dosed twice with flourish this past week, should I maybe skip a week to try and get rid of the excess iron? I was thinking that I was under dosing and something was lacking

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I have never seen any of my Anubias plants loss leaves durning the first weeks of being in my tanks. In fact the only time I have seen mine have problems is when they are in too much light but even then they didn't lose leaves but they did turn yellow.

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Byron, so your saying its common for anubias to lose some leaves within first few weeks in aquarium and that what I'm seeing is nothing to really be over concerned with? I actually dosed twice with flourish this past week, should I maybe skip a week to try and get rid of the excess iron? I was thinking that I was under dosing and something was lacking
No, I said the sword plant sounds OK from your description, no worry there. The Anubias is another matter.

But yes, any plant can lose existing leaves if the environment changes. It depends upon the specifics. I have had plants do this, while at other times the same plant species do not. There is so much to factor in.

If you are using Flourish Comprehensive, I really would not add any other products that duplicate some of the nutrients in Flourish. As for once or twice a week, once a week should be sufficient for Anubias, though possibly not for swords. But again, we need to consider other sources of nutrients.

GH you said was 11, I had assumed 11 dGH...is this correct? Or is it 11 ppm?

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