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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2006, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down my riccia is not doing too well

I planted some riccia on 3 small rocks in my 5 gallon tank 5 days ago.

and scince then, they have just slowly turned pale, a bit brownish yellow and the nice green it had when i put it in there has faded.

I hace a diy co2 set up, .33 bubble per second, and still it might be a bit too high
ph 6.6 - 6.8 ish
Kh 4-5*
temp 24* C
22 watts of compact lights (normal lights, found in those desktop lights)
and no fish as of now, the tank has only been up 10 days roughly..

any idea on why it's not growing?
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If your co2 is hight enough (which I am not so sure of), then it is your nutrients. What are you dosing?

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2006, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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with "chucks calculator for planted aquariums" it says it good, to high depending on which numbers i enter (ph 6.6 or 6.8)

as for other nutrients, there are none..

been thinking about getting tropica master grow though..
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Plants need food.......

I would research some fertilizing methods. Then you should be on your way.

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First thing I look to at this time of year when plants in a tank fade that fast is where do you live and maybe if you had them shipped to you, did they freeze or get too cold during shipping!
But that theory failed since I dont know where " Somewhere" is...

Next...feed them.
You make no mention of ferts at all so I assume you dont use any. Lights and CO2 dont get it done.
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It's the light man. 22 watts isn't a lot, especially when you are using stock bulbs. Switch to a 6700K.
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Originally Posted by mrbelvedere138
It's the light man. 22 watts isn't a lot, especially when you are using stock bulbs. Switch to a 6700K.
For the most part, plants could give a crap less what K the lights are. Choose the spectrum that pleases your eye. The problem is your lack of ferts more than likely.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-19-2006, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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yeah, I think I have to agree with you..

I'll see if I can get my ass to town and get some fish and ferts, despite my flu..
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