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BRAV0 31st

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So my plants and tank are getting covered with a thick green slime I leave a little of it because my Butterfly loach seams to like it but it’s killing my plants and I don’t know if I need to add another additive or I’ve got something else going on entirely any tips
 

Salem

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looks like algae, possibly diatoms. you may have too much light, nitrates, etc
 
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I’ve got 5 ppm on nitrates and is there anything I could do for that I’ve tried the green phosphate pads
 

Salem

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For the time being you should be able to rub most of the algae off the plants and siphon it out. Vacuuming the substrate can help quite a bit if it is high phosphates. If it's the lights you can leave them off for longer.
 
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Okay I’ll dial it back to 6 hours or would it be better to break up the times it’s on
 

Salem

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6 hours should work fine but if its easier for you to break up the times feel free to do that instead
 
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I’ll set them back thanks for the help
 

Vishaquatics

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That's not due to an abundance of nitrates. What do you fertilize with? Nitrates in a planted tank are not an issue.
 
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Vishaquatics

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It's definitely a lack of nutrients then. I'd recommend ditching the iron and flourish and going with Thrive by NilocG, or ditching the excel too and going with ThriveC by NilocG. The plants currently aren't getting all the nutrients they need and a solid fert like Thrive will help them get those nutrients.
 
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Vishaquatics said:
It's definitely a lack of nutrients then. I'd recommend ditching the iron and flourish and going with Thrive by NilocG, or ditching the excel too and going with ThriveC by NilocG. The plants currently aren't getting all the nutrients they need and a solid fert like Thrive will help them get those nutrients.
I’ll pick some up then and give it a try
 
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Vishaquatics said:
It's definitely a lack of nutrients then. I'd recommend ditching the iron and flourish and going with Thrive by NilocG, or ditching the excel too and going with ThriveC by NilocG. The plants currently aren't getting all the nutrients they need and a solid fert like Thrive will help them get those nutrients.
What really gets my though is my heavily planted tank I use the same ferts and photo period is the same and it looks pretty good
 

Vishaquatics

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The lighting and substrate look different. Additionally, the leaves of the swords have holes in them and are yellowing a bit, indicating a possible (and likely) nutrient deficiency.
 
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Vishaquatics said:
The lighting and substrate look different. Additionally, the leaves of the swords have holes in them and are yellowing a bit, indicating a possible (and likely) nutrient deficiency.
It’s another tank I have it’s got a mess of pond snails but yes I’ve started dosing potassium in there to help with the holes
 

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