11-01-2011, 08:51 PM
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Strong Dead Organics Smell
I'm plugging along with my newly planted tanks, doing all I can to keep my plants healthy. I have 3 planted 10gals. I'm fighting algea in two of them and thanks to the forum I think I have it under control with less lighting and more fertilizer. However, one of my tanks just smells so strongly of dead organics. I removed a lot of it. Between the pennywort, wisteria and water sprite I can't seem to keep them alive. They do well at first, and then die slowly. Right now they look semi-yellowing and I know they're on the way out. I also find dead pieces that fall behind the decorations, throughout the tank, and I remove quite a bit during each weekly water change. I think I finally removed it all.
I like the floaters because I have bettas, but I'm starting to become disappointed. I'm planning on buying all new flourescent bulbs because currently I have 8000k 15W flourescents that came with the Aqueon tank set ups. Perhaps that's my problem?? Anyway, should I scrap all the floaters and start with other plants? Ugh, I've spent so much money on plants . . .
I have Anubias, Swords and White Ribbons who seem to be doing well so far. They're all planted in standard gravel. I'm a newbie planter and still learning. Thanks for your help.