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Old 10-19-2013, 06:50 PM   #1
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Low light plants and pH 8.0?


Hi,

I have some low light plants and pH 8.0, it won't cause the problems?

Hygrophila polysperma
Giant Vallisneria
Java Moss
Windelov's fern
Cryptocoryne wendtii
Cryptocoryne wendtii Tropica
Moss ball
Anubias nano
Amazon Sword
Rotala indica
Brazilian Pennywort
Egeria densa
African Water Fern
Eleocharis parvulu
Willisii's Cryp

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Old 10-19-2013, 09:14 PM   #2
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Some will survive, some won't. You need to check each plant database. In general keep PH max at ph7.5 for planted tank.

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Old 10-19-2013, 09:21 PM   #3
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My planted tank consistently runs over 8.0 pH...I have not had any significant plant die back.

I had a few species that didn't take, but that may have been other variables. My Vals are LOVING the tank, now over 2 feet long. There are 17 species of plants in my tank, right now:

Rotala, Vals, Java fern, Anubias round leaf, duckweed, hornwort, pennywort, Bacopa, and others.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:55 PM   #4
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Same here - pH of 8.2-8.4 (and a kH of about 19!), and I've got a couple varieties of val, several mosses, multiple varieties of crypts, java fern, anubias, bacopa, cabomba (green and purple), swords, tiger lotus, rotala indica, rotala colorata, broad leaf ludwigia, dwarf hair grass, lots of floaters (duckweed, hornwort, etc.) and I'm sure stuff that isn't coming to mind right now all growing in my low tech/low-medium light tanks. There are absolutely plants that won't grow in my water, but (at least in my experience) they're mostly the ones that aren't going to grow in a low light/low tech tank anyway. I don't know though that I've lost any plants that wouldn't have crapped out in my tanks due to light/ferts/cO2 regardless of pH.
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Old 10-20-2013, 02:31 PM   #5
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How about African Water Fern? Somebody try it?

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Old 10-20-2013, 04:25 PM   #6
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I tried it and didn't do so well with it. In fairness to it, I have very limited java fern and anubias too because I'm lazy and don't like gluing them to stuff, and they (like the african water fern) are rhizome plants that don't do well if you plant them down in the substrate (which is what I did with them). Point being, their lack of success in my tank likely had way more to do with how I planted them than it did the ph.

My friend/neighbor on the same water had some for a little bit though and did fine with it.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:33 PM   #7
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Crypt Parva, Rotalia, Ludwigia Repens, Fissidens, Dwarf Sagiteria,
Anubias, HC have been fine.
All but the HC will grow in plain pool sand, and low LED light.
Pennywort and Frogbit have been problems.
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There is any need to using a small doses of CO2 in the planted low light tank?
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There is no essential NECESSITY for there to be CO2 however it won't hurt your plants at all and would be beneficial.
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Hi,

I have some low light plants and pH 8.0, it won't cause the problems?

Hygrophila polysperma
Giant Vallisneria
Java Moss
Windelov's fern
Cryptocoryne wendtii
Cryptocoryne wendtii Tropica
Moss ball
Anubias nano
Amazon Sword
Rotala indica
Brazilian Pennywort
Egeria densa
African Water Fern
Eleocharis parvulu
Willisii's Cryp

Thanks
Grown most of them in low light, 8.0 and very hard water.
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