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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-08-2009, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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I have a variety of plants in 55 gal, CO2 infused, well fertilized tank that seem to grow to the top of the tank before leafing. The stems are full of want-to-be roots, but not much foliage. Then the tank gets shaded from all the leaves at the top. I have 4 - 55w worn out bulbs, and want to buy replacements now. Will that help the plants develop closer to the base?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-10-2009, 06:52 AM
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What kind of stems are they? Some will naturally loose bottom leaves, especially ludwigia repens. Are they compact bulbs or regular fluorescents?

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I am HUGE beliver in the fact that old bulbs (older then 9 mos) ar a major contributor in poor growth. Get new bulbs and post back in 2 weeks. You will have great results.
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Wow, I'm impressed, yes it is Ludwigia repens that is the biggest offender. I have long stems with small hairy roots (not too attrraactive) then lots of leaves spread across the surface. I also planted some Ludwigia cuttings in a 10 gallon betta tank with a 10 w bulb and little care. They look great! Nice bush right from the ground up. Ha-ha. I bought new bulbs, 4 55w 8000K and will install them later today.
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Will do, thanks for the reply. How do you think i should trim these plants? Cut the bushy tops off and replant them?
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I cut the tops off and replanted them in front of the stems. The stems will sprout more growth. It'll look great.

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