Anubias advice

tompen87

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Hi

Im very new to high tech tanks and would like some advice if possible please. I had my 140L tank setup previously with a couple of plants, average light and no co2, about 90% stocked. Ive always wanted to have more plants & I got bored during lock down, watched too many Youtube videos and so here is my setup now.........

  • Fluval Plant 3.0 32w at the rear & Fluval Aquasky 2.0 16w at the front, Ive a tall driftwood tree with anubias nana attached so I wanted the extra light at the front to light this up. Both lights are set to ramp up and down from 11:30-22:30, please see attached pictures for lighting setup, Im still experimenting with this so any advice would be great!
  • Im injecting co2 at roughly 2-3bps from 10:30-19:30, this shows up lime green (ph6.5) on my drop checker colour chart.
  • I do a weekly 50% water change.
  • My tests are always Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 0-2.5, Phosphate 1-2, GH 6, KH 3, PH 6.6-6.8.
  • I was dosing Microbe-Lift plant fertiliser at 2ml everyday but ive recently changed to TNC which I dose at 2ml daily.
  • Tank 90% stocked with various fish.

My plants are as follows.....

Hygrophila Siamensis 53B, Limnophila sessiliflora, Echinodorus Red Diamond, Hygrophila polysperma, Lobelia cardinalis & Anubias angustifolia. All of these plants seem to be doing fine so far, the sessiliflora & polysperma are shooting up! Ive also got Anubias heterophylla, Anubias nana & Anubias barteri. These three look OK, the leaves of the heterophylla & barteri are large & tall, they collect quite a bit of debris and turn slightly brownish in colour in some areas of the leaf almost daily which I can rub off, I believe this is algae. Im wondering if this is normal & if there is anything I can do to prevent/improve this? Please see attached pictures of these plants.

Thanks for reading & for any advice that you can give a newbie!
 

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sparkyweasel

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turn slightly brownish in colour in some areas of the leaf almost daily which I can rub off, I believe this is algae. Im wondering if this is normal
Probably Diatoms, which are quite common in a new set-up (after all the changes you've made I think this counts as a new set-up) they usually go away as the tank settles down and becomes balanced. Until then you can keep rubbing them off the leaves so the plants don't get smothered.
Yes, Diatoms are a kind of algae btw.
 

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