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I have some sort of problem going on. All of my broad leaf plants (Anubias, Crypts, Red Rubin Sword) have some sort of disease they are getting holes or what looks like chew marks on the top of them. I was blaming my royal plecostomas which I got rid of for this reason but they have shown up since he left. I will try to get some pics up but the camera I have is no good.

The holes start as a faded look and they are really small like as big as one of these smiley faces:( usually smaller but lately they have been getting bigger. It looks like it could be some kind of snail because it is the right size and I have seen trumpet snails but I didnt buy any they just showed up. Bottom line this keeps showing up it looks sort of like crypt melt but on leaves of the plants that arent crypts and I am worried that this will spread to all of my plants and I dont know if I should cut the leaves off where it is happening or if I should just leave them.

I have 2.4 wpg and I dose macro with giovannivs ferti(from aquabotanic)+ and flourish for micros. I do two water changes a week and I also use excel daily. I dose usually a weeks supply of the macros and micros after water change.

Here are the pics of my crypt in this thread http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/plants/69801-some-sort-fungus-snails-pics-inside.html

thanks for the help
 

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What are your other tank inhabitants?

I took a look at your pics in the other thread and what I saw looked more like a nutrient deficiency than a fish picking at them. You have a good amount of light and source of carbon, if you have observed a steady growth rate in your tank then it is much more likely that your plants are being deprived of a macronutrient. You're dosing macros, but they're likely being gobbled up within a day or two and you should consider dosing them as often as you can (daily).

The crypts and sword are heavy root feeders, so you should also fertilize the substrate around them and see how that affects their condition. I think you'll see an amazing turnaround.
 

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Thanks so much! I originally thought that it was a deficiency but I just added new plants (polygonum sp. kawagoneum to be exact) and there are already some holes although very minor in them. Also it seemed to all happen at once right after I added some flourite and took some old gravel out. And also my anubias have these holes and one of them is on driftwood I dont know what to do there.

My inhabitants are 1 elephant nose fish
2 clown loaches
1 emperor or flash plecostomus
2 SAEs
2 Ottos
2 Ammano shrimp
15 or so cherry shrimp
7 corries
4 rummies

I dose the giovannis after a water change for a weeks supply and same with the flourish.

Tonight I will put root tabs under all of my plants.
Thank you for all of your help bdement!
 

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Looking at the composition of your fertilizer, it says it does not contain nitrates or phosphates. You need to provide these for your plants. Matter of fact, I would also check to be sure the amount of potassium it's providing is sufficient for the plants, as pinholes are often indicative of not enough potassium.
 

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I just ordered some ferts from rex so those are coming and also I put the root tabs in and it seemed to help I think it is hard to tell but I will be a able to tell over time! and also the fertilizer from aqua botanic has little crystals or rocks at the bottom of it I shook it for a while and it still didnt break em up could this be the potassium?
 
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