11-08-2007, 02:39 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
| | Plants growing fine but bottom leaves die
I've had this tank set up for about 6 months. Its just a 10 gallon because that is all the air force says i can have in room....so its better than nothing. The tank is cycled and the ammonia and nitrite levels stay at 0. The tank being so small, and me maybe having a few 2 many fish i sometimes have high nitrate levels. Right now there is some lily pads from walmart, water wisteria, and some stuff i found in a lake on base a couple days ago. The plants grow quickly and appear healthy, but as the plants grow the bottom leaves always turn brown and fall off. As u can see from my pics the water wisteria only has leaves on the very top. I have an incandescent hood with 2 compact florescent bulbs. The bulbs are from lowes and are full spectrum bulbs and i believe they are 15 watt. I have root tabs in the gravel, i add liquid fertilizer, and have a DIY co 2 system. any help would be great, im trying desperately to have a natural looking planted aquarium.