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|03-27-2011 08:51 PM|
Thanks @Kathyy - crypt leaves are going brown after a few weeks from new.
I'm water-changing around 20% per week with RO. Will try half-and-half with tap next time.
|03-26-2011 11:42 PM|
Perhaps the plants are rooting and will start growing better in a bit.
Is it the new Crypt leaves that are brown around the edges? Old leaves generally do poorly in a new tank and don't live long.
My S. repens has been in this tank for maybe 6 months. Was uprooted and replanted a month ago and just this past week perked up again.
Zero KH and GH is not a good thing. Plants need the calcium and magnesium in GH. The carbonate in KH helps with the CO2 I think.
My tank water tested at more than 40 whatever the unit is nitrate. I stopped dosing nitrate and the plants are showing color. They are not lacking nitrate, it is just low enough the plants show color is all.
|03-26-2011 01:03 PM|
Thanks for the views!
@AzFishKid - I've had the tank for around 2 months now, but haven't had much growth of plants.
Perhaps I have unrealistic expectations but none of the P. helferi are much bigger than when I put them in, the S. repens has some growth, but isn't really spreading and the C. wendtii is growing (3 extra leaves per plant), but leaves develop brown edges after a couple of weeks (leaves currently 1 inch long max)
I swapped out the 'white' tube yesterday for an 8W powerglow (the other bulb is actually an aqua-glo), in the hope the spectrum change might help, but it does look a bit pink/blue for my liking.
|03-26-2011 06:18 AM|
|03-26-2011 06:08 AM|
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|03-26-2011 06:00 AM|
Originally Posted by AzFishKid View Post
You sure about that?
|03-26-2011 05:13 AM|
|NatCh||My experience with stunner strips has led me to believe that they're not very good for growing plants. (shrug)|
|03-26-2011 04:09 AM|
|Aquascapejackson||I will say I like the ecoxitc stunner strips. But if you have the time/know how DIY LEDs are prob more cost effective|
|03-26-2011 01:33 AM|
But back to the OP's question-- what are your reasons for wanting to up your lighting?
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|03-26-2011 01:01 AM|
|xmas_one||Sounds like you are doing fine with the setup you currently have. More lighting generally means more problems.|
|03-26-2011 12:38 AM|
|03-19-2011 10:29 PM|
Upgrade or replace T5s on 10g?
I'm posting here for the first time for some advice on lighting my betta lifespace 35.
The tank is ~ 37cm x 28cm x 37cm in a 'deep' configuration. It comes with a waterproof light enclosure sitting directly on the water surface with 2 8w T5 lights (1 gro-lux, one factory fitted "white") and a mirror-finish reflector.
From what I've read this gives me 'low light' at very best...I have some Cryptocoryne Wendtii 'green', Staurogyne repens and Pogostemon helferi. The plants are growing (very slowly) in ADA Amazonian aquasoil with CO2 via a Flora-gro Co2 nano 50 (http://www.fishkeeper.co.uk/Whatsnewinfo.aspx?id=149). KH and GH are essentially zero, pH is around 6.2 and I dose daily with micronutrients, iron and NPK.
I'm trying to decide whether to:
1) simply squeeze another t5 in
2) make up a T5 size LED array to slot in between the current tubes
3) replace the tubes with a DIY LED or perhaps this http://illuminarium-inc.com/content/trident-series or an ecoxotic stunner strip? (if I can find a supplier/shipper to the UK)
Any thoughts greatly appreciated.