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    I hope I am posting this in the correct section. :)
    I just set my tank up on Sunday. I added the three plants shown, water clarifier and api QuickStart to the tank so far and that is it.

    Today, I noticed this weird film on the plant in the foreground. The other two plants in the back seem totally fine.

    I also took a picture of the way that the water at the top of the tank looks. I am not sure why it looks like that. I have a little opening in my tank where the light shines through, but I haven't sprayed air freshener or anything like that in the room. So I am not sure.

    The film on the plants concerns me. I am worried they are dying. Any advice or ideas??

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    I just realized the film is kind of hard to see... if you zoom in on picture #1, the film is visible on the front plant, on the far bottom of the pic (the side pointing towards your keyboard). It looks like hair almost or lint... I really don't know what it is and I feel like the leaves of this plant are also in poor shape (parts are now see through). It's a crypt so I figured it was a good choice but now I am not sure what to do for it. :(
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    It looks like some kind of algae. Does it rub off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by talldutchie View Post
    It looks like some kind of algae. Does it rub off?
    Honestly, the plant is looking so weak at this point I am scared to touch it and see for fear of destroying it.

    Upon returning home tonight, it looked even worse. More weird film and the leaves are see through. The plants at the back of the tank still look fine so I really am confused. I was worried maybe my aquarium light is too weak so today I let a partial bit of sunlight shine through to the tank but perhaps that made the problem worse??? I am included more pictures that hopefully are a higher quality.

    Please help! I just got back into the hobby and am already feeling like a total failure.

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    I don't like saying this but that plant is indeed in trouble and dying in bits. Syphon away the fungus now before it becomes a problem for the rest of that tiny tank

    If this is in the fluval spec then light is not the issue, that comes with a decent enough lihght. Also lack of light doesn't progress this rapidly.
    I suspect this plant was grown out of water, like most plants, and has a difficult time adjusting. The bottom pic does show fresh growth all the way in front. If that continues then it will be fine in a few weeks.

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    I agree with dutchie - crytocoryne species often melt when upset (even a little bit) but I'm sure it will soon bounce back. Don't disturb the plant too much but try to remove any completely melted parts with some sharp scissors.

    The film on the water surface is proteins and fats released from the melting plants. Skim it off regularly or use a paper towel to lift it from the surface. Leaving it to build up will inhibit gaseous exchange at the water surface. Stay on top of it and it's nothing to worry about.
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    Hard to tell for sure but looks a little like hair algae. I had a bit of hair algae one time when I switched to a dry fert. It was easy to remove with tweezers and I just stopped the ferts and it didn't return. But my plants were in a healthier state than this one seems to be. But don't toss the plant. See if you can remove whatever it is and give the plant some time to recover.

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