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REDSTEVEO

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There are obviously some serious issues with the parameters of your water. Those plants are beyond recovery and should be uprooted and thrown in the bin. There are no treatments that will fix those problems without addressing the issues with your water.

Looks like you have got Severums or Geophagus, some big cichlids in there which are very messy.

But if you are asking for help, I'm afraid nobody on here is going to give you a 'Silver Bullet' solution to those issues without you providing a lot more detailed information, for example:-

1. Tank size and volume
2. Volume of water changed each week
3. Filtration capacity
4. Fish stocking levels
5. Using CO2 or not
6. Using fertiliser or not
7. Lighting period
8. All water parameters measured NO2, NO3, Ammonia, GH, KH, TDS, Microsiemens,
9. Tap water or HMA/RO water for water changes.

In order for people to help or provide advice they need information and your original post tells us nothing.

So unless you are prepared to do a lot of work in helping, no one else is able to help.

My advice, rip out all those plants and bin them. Start doing daily 30 to 40 % water changes. Clean everything and forget about keeping a planted tank with Severums.

Your call.
 
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sparkyweasel

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Never had it before
Tanks setup for years
Also please tell us if you have changed anything recently. But I suspect things have been gradually deteriorating, culminating in the outbreak of algae.
Are those Jewel Cichlids in the pic? How many, and how big? Any other fish? What's your feeding regime?
 

REDSTEVEO

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Hello?
I believe Bhavik has Discus, Jewel cichlids, maybe a Severum in the tank.

https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/help-aquascaping-first-time.61669/
Hi Mell,

It would appear that you are correct. A combination of factors that all contribute to the current problems.

@bhavik looking at the pictures I can see the fish you have got in that tank, see photograph attached. What I can also see are the remnants of beef heart lying around uneaten. Yet despite the uneaten food, one of your Discus is looking totally emaciated, thin, narrow pinched forehead, and looks very unhealthy.

I would be surprised if that fish is still alive, if it is, it will not survive in the condition it is in, and sadly neither will your plants.

I believe you might want to have a complete re-think on your priorities, either keeping Discus and cichlids, or plants, but clearly you do not have the experience to keep both.

I would suggest you go down the bare bottomed tank approach, much easier to keep clean and maintain.

Best of luck.
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bhavik

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hi thanks for the replies

1. Tank size and volume - 250L tank
2. Volume of water changed each week - 2 weekly water changes 40-50%
3. Filtration capacity - fluvial 306 + sponge filter
4. Fish stocking levels - currently have 7 discus in the tank all small ones right now, the thin one has been moved to QT and being medicated a while back
5. Using CO2 or not - No co2 being used
6. Using fertiliser or not - only adding root tabs
7. Lighting period - runs from 2-10 pm
8. All water parameters measured NO2, NO3, Ammonia, GH, KH, TDS, Microsiemens, - don't have info on this atm
9. Tap water or HMA/RO water for water changes. - using tap water

I have kept jewels and discus for quite a while and had no problems only recently have I started to notice this outbreak of whatever it is
as for the food I had taken the picture during feeding time hence it seems like a left over of food
 
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