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Dwarf baby tears help~

My friend and I bought the same plant at the ada store in San Francisco. After a month, his dwarf baby tears have a nice dark green to them and mine arnt as green. We both have LED lights but I have a finnex ray 2.

This is what he said his light spec was:
90 LEDs, color temp 7000k-8000k, luminous Intensity: 17.60Lm per LED, total 5.04 Watts, 56mW per LED

This is what his dwarf baby tears look like
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Here's what mine look like. Also we both use DIY co2
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i have plants that grow different from tank to tank, it may be limited nutrients or lights effect on color. possibly even adapted plants using different chloroplasts.
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I tried to grow these in my tank- everyone else had that bright green color.

Mine ended up like yours, pale green and almost spindly. After two sets, I chocked it up to bad water as I soon realized at night my PH dropping because of lack of a buffer (kh) in my water. I have plants that work like magic, and some who hate me

What is your water like?
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My tank is still cycling but here's what my water is like this morning after last night water change. Are my baby tears light green because of finnex ray2? Maybe the light is too strong?
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Could be too much light if you aren't fertilizing enough.
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I don't understand what's happening in my tank. Some baby tears are doing well and some are getting worst...can anyone explain to me what's going on here?
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If it helps, could you list other factors about your tank? (usually ppl can give better answers if more info is provided).
- size of tank?
- temp of water? (exposed to sunlight/ ac room/ closed room)
- amount of CO2 being realeased?
- any dosing of nutrients? (NPK, flourish, etc)
- type of substrate?
- and any other factors that can have an effect on your planted tank.

I hope someone can help you with additional information provided,
Best of luck!
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If it helps, could you list other factors about your tank? (usually ppl can give better answers if more info is provided).
- size of tank?
- temp of water? (exposed to sunlight/ ac room/ closed room)
- amount of CO2 being realeased?
- any dosing of nutrients? (NPK, flourish, etc)
- type of substrate?
- and any other factors that can have an effect on your planted tank.

I hope someone can help you with additional information provided,
Best of luck!
Size of tank: 5.5 gallons
Temperature of tank in CLOSED room: 73-80 ish. I live in CA so I don't really need a heater in the tank.
Co2: I don't know exactly how much but my recipe last 2 weeks but I change it every 1 week to have constant high co2. (DIY Co2)
Nutrients: I dose .5 mL of seachem flourish and .5 potassium once every week
Substrate: I had aqua soil (Amazonia)

The only thing I could think of that effects my plant is that my finnex ray 2 is on 4 hours, 1 hour break, then 5 hours

My HC atm is still the same. The HC only pearl when i do 50% water change. if not they i may see only 2-5 air bubble. Some are doing really well and some stay dark and not spreading. I hope someone can figure what I'm doing wrong!
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I'm not sure I would ever label a DIY Co2 as high if its done with a bottle+yeast mix because the amount you get fluctuates from a good mix to a bad mix. Also a DIY can't be stopped at night so it pumps into the tank even when lights are off and the plants can't absorb it. When I switched to pressurized Co2 I noticed a difference in my tank, but thats my experience.
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Is it worth buying a co2 system for a 5.5 gallon? I read diy should be enough for 20 gallons and under so I thought a DIY would work for 5.5 gallons. Can anyone confirm this? Also could it be my tank hasn't cycled yet that is causing some of my HC to turn pale? I did a water test and my ammonia is still 0 but my nitrate and nitrite are off the charts. It's been like this for 2 weeks and I haven't noticed my nitrate or nitrite go down...
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A ray 2 on a 5.5 gallon sounds like its pretty intense, how close is the fixture to the tank. That tank would be about 10 inches deep right? I would imagine that plus 9 hours of photo period might be a little bit much. Try cutting backt to 7 and see what happens.

How long is your friends photo period?

As far as is it worth Co2? My answer is always yes. Get a paintball setup or something to start. For 50-60 bucks you can have consistent co2 and no more mixing. How are your diffusing your co2 in your tank, maybe its not being efficiently absorbed?
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Can someone guide me on what to buy for a co2 system? The regulator I look at are around the $100 mark and that doesn't even include the co2 tank
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nilocg has paintball setups in the sns. Everything you need for like 50-60 bucks. Then just go down to dicks sporting goods or wherever and a paintball cylinder and have it filled.
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post #15 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-30-2013, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Darn I checked out nilocg ad on sns and it looks like I have to turn on and off the co2 manually. I'm busy most the day so I can't be home to baby sit my tank
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