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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Why are my plants dying when nitri?

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There are no nitrates, nitrites, or ammonia in the water. However my plant (anubias) are slowly yellowing/browning at the edges. I have a small light that came w the tank set (topfin LED). When I first had the aquarium, I had a marino moss ball that slowly yellowed until I threw it away. I did a major tank rehaul when my betta was ripping at his fin but it didn't stop his nipping, and antibiotics didn't help when I thought he had popeye/fin rot. What could be causing my plants to slowly die over time? Any guesses? I put a small amount of seachem flourish every two weeks, though it's possible because of my tank size (5.5) and the cap size that I am putting a tad too much. Is the reason why my plants dying also why my fish wants to rip his back fin so much?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 10:05 PM
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I usually remove the light that comes with the topfin set ups and put in a brighter white led bar. Were you turning the moss ball so that it got even exposure? Are your anubias rhyzomes above the substrate? If glued to an ornament, did you use too much and glue the roots? Water temp?

So many things can contribute to plant death. Pics would help if you can post some of your tank. Dying plants left in a tank can cause the water quality to decrease, also.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 10:13 PM
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Anubias grow under pretty much anything. They are pretty bullet proof as far as plants go. How long ago did you add the medication and how many water changes have you done since? Also how long have you had the plant? Some times the shock of moving from one aquarium to another can cause the plant to melt but they always normally grow back. I also second the rhyzome thing.

There is no such thing asRescuing’ a betta or any fish for that matter from any LFS. Be it petsmart, Petco, or exotic and aquatic’s down the street. You are not ‘rescuing’ anything, you are buying a fish. It doesn’t matter if that fish has fin rot and you are saving it from dying a slow death, you are still supporting an industry that thinks it’s okay for these fish to live in small pint size bowls.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-23-2019, 04:05 AM
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With out seeing the tank I have to ask if this is the only plant in a 5.5 gallon tank? Your water parameters suggest there are no plants in the tank. I'm asking this because of the nitrate level. With a planted cycled tank I would expect to see the nitrate levels between 5 and 20 with 10 being the norm. Have you checked the PH levels? are they between 6.0 and 7.8. This is the range that Anubias and many fresh water plants. The PH level must remain constant not only for the plants but for your fish.

Your use of SeaChem Flourish is a little off also. In a 5.5 gallon tank you would use 2.5 ml or 1/2 teaspoon of flourish per week. A cap full of flourish is 5 ml or 1 complete teaspoon This would be to much fertilizer being dosed at one time. and this is what's burning your plant.

When doing water changes, How often, and how much do you change? If using tap water do you add a water conditioner and what type? Do you know if you have hard or soft water? More reason to question the type of conditioner. It is recommended here on the forum and most pet stores fish dept. to use SeaChem Prime or API water conditioner. They both have other qualities other than taking out heavy metals and minerals harmful to fish and plants.
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