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The foliage on my anubias are developing tears. This is a new plant and the leaves were perfect when I got it.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jdlwd8dooi4hcz1/Photo Apr 23, 6 49 06 AM.jpg

I have a 10 gallon tank at 80degrees with heater, filter, full spectrum flourescent lighting and an African dwarf frog and 2 platties. Also have an anubias planted in driftwood and a moss ball. I am dosing the tank once a week with leaf zone plant food. Substrate is gravel.

Would sand be better for a planted tank?
 

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I'm not sure what could be causing that but I would scrap the leaf zone , this only contains iron and potassium. If you do fertilize I would switch to seachem flourish as this contains everything that plants need. You might even be able to get without dosing as anubias needs very little care.

As for it tearing I'm sure someone can chime in and maybe resolve the problem.
 

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That looks more like damage than melt. The leaves are, otherwise, nice and green and full and that's the important thing.

I agree with the flourish fertilizer, it's complete and will do better.

I will always say sand is better but your fish don't need it so it becomes only a matter of tank hygiene as sand is easier to keep clean. If you like the gravel and don't get bottom dwelling fish then I wouldn't sweat it.

Jeff.
 

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Make sure the gravel does not cover the rhizome; in the photo the rhizome is just on the gravel, though I would tug it up a bit more. If the rhizome gets buried, it may rot.

Byron.
 
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