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  1. Cramer719

    Amazon Swords Turning Brown

    They were dying before I even started dosing carbon
  2. Cramer719

    Amazon Swords Turning Brown

    I got a GH and KH test kit. GH is about 300-350. KH is 8 dKH.
  3. Cramer719

    Amazon Swords Turning Brown

    I don't believe they make NO bulbs that fit my lamp. The bulbs are made by corallife. I have the lights set for 8 hours and I have a large bunch of duckweed coming so maybe that will help. Maybe it will reproduce fast enough to keep up with my fish. I'll keep you posted on how it's all working.
  4. Cramer719

    Amazon Swords Turning Brown

    Thank you so much for the help. The tank is 24" tall and 48" long. I figured with it being a taller tank I should get HO T5's(so yes they are HO). I have stopped dosing. I'll wait and see I guess. Do you think the substrate could be causing it? The fluorite was recommended to me so I just went...
  5. Cramer719

    Amazon Swords Turning Brown

    I have the light on about 10 hours a day now. I was a bit more than that but I turned it down. And just confirmed the T5 bulbs I'm using are 6700 and 10k. I also thought it would be good to mention, my substrate is probably 60 percent Eco-complete fluorite and 40 percent gavel mixed together.
  6. Cramer719

    Amazon Swords Turning Brown

    I will try to post a picture when I get home. My iPhone says the images are too big. I have 10 tiger barbs 2 dwarf gouramis 1 german blue ram 1 butterfly Pleco And a few snails. I live in Nevada and the water here is very hard. I don't know if I would have to have an additional source of GH...
  7. Cramer719

    Amazon Swords Turning Brown

    Hello everyone! I am new to planted aquariums, and I am struggling. I have a 60 gal tall tank with Amazon sword, jungle Val and a few more plants in it. Jungle Val has never done well for some reason and now my Amazon swords are starting to wrinkle up and getting a little brown on them. My...
  8. Cramer719

    Help! Fin Rot And Costia!

    Went to the fish store and had them check water and look at pictures of the fish. They said they believe it's velvet but my water is ok. I have taken the plants out of my tank and put them in a bucket. I have my snails in it too. I'm going to be using rid ick plus to get rid of the nasty. So I...
  9. Cramer719

    Help! Fin Rot And Costia!

    No slime but they look Dusty. And the stripes are fading. They are struggling to breath at the top of the tank. Some of my barbs are getting a dusty or dirty look to them as well. So I should probably act fast. Any help would be great.
  10. Cramer719

    Help! Fin Rot And Costia!

    Ok so after some reading, I think this stuff might actually be velvet. It would also explain why they have a dusty appearance. And the troubles breathing. I have 2 healthy looking Rams that are acting really sluggish and having trouble breathing. You can only notice the dusty look on the blue...
  11. Cramer719

    Help! Fin Rot And Costia!

    The fin rot happened after Costia. So now that's all I'm fighting, I think. The two that have nice full fins are still struggling to breath at the top so I don't know what's going on
  12. Cramer719

    Help! Fin Rot And Costia!

    Well 2 have died now. I can't seem to stop the fin rot. A third one has almost no tail left. I also have the last 2 just hanging around at the top of the tank. Breathing hard. No fin rot, no Costia symptoms other than hard breathing. I have checked my water every day. I have treated with API's...
  13. Cramer719

    Help! Fin Rot And Costia!

    Please help me. I have been fighting off Costia in my tank for about 3 days now. It seemed to be clearing up ok until now they have a very aggressive fin rot. I have no idea what to do at this point. I was told you shouldn't combine medications. Please help me. Also I am new to the forum so hello.
  14. Cramer719

    Hello Everyone! And A Question

    Thanks for letting me in on the forum :). I am not a beginner but this is my first planted aquarium. I have a Blue Ram that is acting kind of weird. It keeps all of its fins compressed. Still has a good appetite and swims around. If you guys have any ideas I would greatly appreciate hearing...
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