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NorthScape

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Can’t seem to figure out what is wrong with my plants, hoping someone has had this before and knows how to fix it.

I have lowered and increased my lighting and neither fix it, I’m regularly putting In Tropica Plant Care so I don’t think it’s a deficiency. Possibly an algae issue but I’m also unsure! Any help would be very much appreciated because it has been killing off my plants for a very very long time now and I’m just trying to cope with it but it’s pretty much by wiped out the floating plants I had…
 

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dw1305

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Hi all,
Welcome to UKAPS @NorthScape, I think we should be able to help you.
Tropica Plant Care so I don’t think it’s a deficiency
My guess is that it is one, or more, nutrient deficiencies. Plants need all <"fourteen of the essential nutrients for growth">, just in <"very differing amounts">.

Could you tell us which Tropica product you have? I'm guessing one out of "Specialised" or <"Premium">? and

Also some details about the tank, light, light period, water parameters, CO2 or not etc.

cheers Darrel
 

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Hi all,
Welcome to UKAPS @NorthScape, I think we should be able to help you.

My guess is that it is one, or more, nutrient deficiencies. Plants need all <"fourteen of the essential nutrients for growth">, just in <"very differing amounts">.

Could you tell us which Tropica product you have? I'm guessing one out of "Specialised" or <"Premium">? and

Also some details about the tank, light, light period, water parameters, CO2 or not etc.

cheers Darrel
It’s the premium version. The plants are label easy to grow so I don’t have CO2 for that reason.
Tank: 200L
Light: Fluval AquaSky
Water: 50% change weekly, sometime fortnightly.
Light periods: 0900 - 2000 (0900 slowly raises to 50% R/G/B/W for 1100, 1800 slowly drops to 0% for 2000)
 

dw1305

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Hi all,
It’s the premium version.
If you want to <"stick with "Tropica"> try the <"Specialised"> it is quite likely that your plants are deficient in either (or both of) nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P). I've not used any of the <"proprietary fertilisers"> so I don't have any personal experience of them.

I also have <"no personal experience of using CO2">.

Last one do you know how hard your tap water is? You can get values from your water supplier <"via your postcode">.

cheers Darrel
 

NorthScape

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Hi all,

If you want to <"stick with "Tropica"> try the <"Specialised"> it is quite likely that your plants are deficient in either (or both of) nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P). I've not used any of the <"proprietary fertilisers"> so I don't have any personal experience of them.

I also have <"no personal experience of using CO2">.

Last one do you know how hard your tap water is? You can get values from your water supplier <"via your postcode">.

cheers Darrel

would you say picture 5 & 7 are algae? Because whatever it is, has destroyed that plant and I’m wondering if it’s possibly that?

my water is moderately hard I believe
 

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Hi all,
would you say picture 5 & 7 are algae? Because whatever it is, has destroyed that plant and I’m wondering if it’s possibly that?
It looks like <"Black Beard Algae (BBA)"> a freshwater Red Algae. It hasn't exactly damaged the plants, it is sort of the the other way around, the plants were unhealthy and that was why they developed the algae growth.
my water is moderately hard I believe
You may need to use a chelator like <"FeEDDHA for iron (Fe)">. Watch out for yellow new leaves, once the plants have started growing again.

cheers Darrel
 

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