Live plant aid please.

27 Jun 2020 10:50 #1 by trik
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Hi all.
As some of you may know, I'm new to live plants. You probably seen my other post in tropical tanks beginners.

I have some plants in my tank, only been in there for 2 weeks or so, & they have some sort of white-ish powdery dust spots on them. ( & All the plants not just the odd 1 or 2). I can get you the name of the plants if you need this information.

The tank is set to 23 *c (there abouts) my temp' clock is digital & says 23.4 *c at a max when the heater clicks on, & it's 22.8 *c at is coldest. ( My temp' clock is the opposite side of the tank to the heater).

Also, there is no fish or any water additives in the tank. Yet . I don't really want to use additives, I'd prefer to keep it natural.
I have not used any fertilizer.
My substrate in seachem black clay gravel only. At about 1 & half inch depth.

Is this white-ish stuff algae.?
I thought algae was green.

Can I also ask, my tank will be ok / plants be ok, as there's no form of carbon going in there, ( no fish breathing out, or no waste ) are the plants going to suffocate with only oxygen they give out?
Thanks all.

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28 Jun 2020 18:38 #2 by trik
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hi all.

about the white-ish dusty above..
im not sure if i said earlier, but my tank is in a dark-ish corner.
so, plants like the natural sun light to grow or for them to do there thing. so i thought my light is no good, (it works yes, but not for the plants health).
I had a look at the description of my light & its this 1 i got off back in 2018. I got the 11 inch size.

if you read down the link, it does say full spectrum (blue light).
So im thinking that my light is ok for plant growth / health.

with the light on it seems plenty bright enough.

So i took another look over the internet for white-ish dust from any body else.

I found this....

could 1 of you take look over this & see what you think.

Half way down in this above new topic i found, some 1 say use excel.....
They are making this excel stuff to be next best thing to slice pan.

or am i reading something that not there.

any ideas on it all please.


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29 Jun 2020 09:55 #3 by trik
Replied by trik on topic Live plant aid please.
I have a few photos to show you my plants with the issue.
Hope I've done this post/reply correct. (I'm hopeless with the phone)

Also, I hear that seachem excel clears a lot of problems in the tank.?
Any views on that, please.
I have just got (the missus) as just pick me some up. Il take look tonight.

Thanks again.


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