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Old 04-27-2013, 12:14 AM   #1
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I'm not sure if i should put this in this forum or the nano tank forum. Last summer I started my first 10g low tech planted tank. In it I have a thin layer of laterite under a layer of black sand and a light that said it was good for plants. I cant remember what kind of light it is. I also have fake driftwood and a rock. However, every time I tried to add plants they would turn brown and melt within a week. I have tried a peacock fern, Christmas moss, "beta bulbs" (assorted bulbs from Walmart), and a marimo ball. Algae won't even grow in this tank. After months of trying to get plants to survive I gave up and the tank sat for about a year.

I finally have some extra money to try again and I want to turn it into a planted shrimp tank. I did a massive water change about 75% and have dwarf water lettuce, java moss, and Marsilea quadrifolia coming sometime next week. My temp is 72 F, pH 7.5, GH is less than 100 ppm. Is there anything that stands out that would cause these new plants to die? The only thing different about the water is the temperature is lower this time. Could that be enough to cause everything to die last time? I'm really worried everything is just going to end up dying again. Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:27 AM   #2
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Do you have C02? What the kh ?
You need to figure out the lighting...
Basic perms ie ammonia
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Old 04-27-2013, 02:19 AM   #3
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The bulb is an aqua glo 15 w T8. I don't use fertilizer or CO2. The KH and ammonia are both 0. I don't know nitrite and nitrate levels at the moment, but I can't find that out tomorrow.
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Old 04-27-2013, 02:29 AM   #4
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I think the water lettuce and Java moss will be just fine imo. (I could probably grow java moss in my sink :p)
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Old 04-27-2013, 02:44 AM   #5
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The bulb is an aqua glo 15 w T8. I don't use fertilizer or CO2. The KH and ammonia are both 0. I don't know nitrite and nitrate levels at the moment, but I can't find that out tomorrow.
KH 0? Can't be 0 unless you are using pure RO water. You need kh of around 9, and gh around 6 for plants to do their best.
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Old 04-27-2013, 02:53 AM   #6
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9 is a bit high for kh in my opinion, I have soft water here and add carbonate to raise my kh from 2 to 3 and my tanks are doing fine. Quite a few people though keep their kh around 2 or so and do well. A GH of 6 or so should be fine for most plants, fish and neocardia shrimp.
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Old 04-27-2013, 02:57 AM   #7
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Nope it is just water straight from my well. I added only one drop of the test solution to 5 ml of water like it said and it immediately changed from orange to green. I always get those readings for KH. I guess that's why I can't grow plants
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Lol searchlight that's why I picked java moss. If I can get anything to live in that tank it will be java moss.
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Oh yeahhh but it is a pain to remove once it takes over lol. Dwarf lilies may also be a good choice for you too. I have them in a 40 breeder with 2 old school T12's and they grow at a steady pace. Nothing crazy but they are really healthy. just a suggestion!
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:44 AM   #10
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What species of dwarf lily?
I'm looking for a centerpiece plant for my 37 bowfront.
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:09 AM   #11
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Nymphaea stellata I believe though I've never got it to flower. But I did end up getting about 6 or 7 seperate plants from one bulb
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Its also under the name nymphaea nouchali.
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:58 PM   #13
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Have you had your water tested for copper?

Got any pics?
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