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danny 10-27-2004 05:54 PM

riccia not pearling
I have a nice lawn off riccia growing in my tank which is lovely and healthy, but i read off peoples riccia pearling why doesnt mine, apart from that it is growing nicely.
kh 3-4 degrees
ph 7.2-7.4
nitrites 0

i am running bottle off co2 which is always at its optimum level, i have fertileser substrate, under gravel heating , 5 dennerle 42 inch t8 tubes and add weekly ferts and also do a 25% water change every 2 weeks.

What else can i do!!

Marc 11-04-2004 02:09 AM

how big is your tank?

at those specs kh 3-4 ph 7.2-7.4 you are getting okay co2 levels in you water but not optimum...this is according to this chart

WfxXx 11-04-2004 02:34 AM

Get your Nitrates up to 10 ppm and your Phosphates to 0.5 ppm, weekly water change of 40 to 50% is better than every two weeks.

danny 11-04-2004 12:08 PM

how do i get my nitrates up?? and phosphates i thought the idea was to have them at 0

the tank is 75 uk gallons

BSS 11-04-2004 03:31 PM

I didn't start getting regular pearling in my tank until I switched from DIY CO2 to pressurized and got my CO2 levels >20 ppm. Also, my current 'regular' pearling is usually noticeable in the evenings when I get home from work, but not in the mornings when the light turns on.

WfxXx 11-05-2004 04:05 AM

Hello Danny
For NitrAtes use Potassium Nitrate KNO3, and for Phosphates use Mono Potassium Phosphate KH2PO4, or Fleet enema...
I'm not sure if greg ships to the UK, I have sent him and email asking him just that, so will know soon. with a plant tank you want a target range of 10:1 ratio Nitrate to Phosphate.


Originally Posted by danny
how do i get my nitrates up?? and phosphates i thought the idea was to have them at 0

the tank is 75 uk gallons

WfxXx 11-05-2004 01:56 PM

Got an e-mail back from Greg:
>>Hello Greg Couple of questions
1) Do you ship to the UK?

Yes I have setup a mirror site at which ships via the Post Office for all international shipments

So you can get all your Nutrients shipped to your door :)

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