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Old 09-03-2013, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question ID the Problem/Deficiency

New to plants and need help figuring out what my plant needs. It is obvious it is not happy, however I'm not sure what I need to do to change that. Also, if you could tell me what the plant is, that would be helpful as well. I normally wouldn't buy something I am not familiar with, but they were on sale for $1 a bunch, so a got a few. Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi there,

It's Bacopa. It looks like you have a bit of brown algae (from poor lighting) and it needs a bit of plant food. The paleness indicates lack of iron and it's probably lacking in other minerals and trace elements.

Tell me more about your tank set-up, filtration, size, lighting, fish etc.?
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Thank for the reply. I have pulled the stems up. They are still in their bunches, but no longer in the substrate.

Tank info:

29G
4x 26 watt 6500k CFL
Two of them are mounted sideways in a hood style mount and the other two are mounted vertically in domes.

Substrate is "mini pea marble" from home depot.

Flora:

5x bunches of the plants shown (
1 medium "mondo grass" (doing ok)
1 small handfull of java moss
1 medium/large amazon sword (doing ok)
1 medium/large marimo ball
1 medium floating broad leaf water sprite (not doing great)
3 small stems of anacharis (floating and looks ok)
6 small stems of hornwort (in substrate but not doing great so I may pull it out)
1 lily bulb that is starting to sprout quite nicely

No CO2 injection but using API CO2 booster. Wanted excell but couldn't find it locally.
For ferts just Tetra Flora Pride and Kent Pro Plant as that is all I could find locally. This weekend I am going to be ordering the full line of Seachem liquid Plant Products.


Fauna:

6 Male Guppies
6 Leopard Danios
7 Glowlight Tetras
2 Mystery Snails
1 Zebra Nerite Snail
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Looks a bit like its not getting enough light.

Do you have pics of the other plants?

Also, marble does not make a good aquatic plant substrate since it leaches calcium into the water column which can cause issues with plant growth. You want an inert substrate that doesn't leach anything into the water.
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