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Old 10-01-2013, 01:26 AM   #1
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Last week I planted my tank and I used the top fin plants from Petco. Now my pogostemon Helferi and cyperus Helferi doesn't seem to be doing well. The leaves of the cyperus are turning brown and the outer edges of the pogostemon are turning brown and seem to be wasting away. I dose with carbon boost and florinmulti daily. Light is a coral life and stays on 8 hours a day. Is this the normal die off after planting or does anyone have suggestions on how to save my plants? The others seem to be doing fine.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:17 AM   #2
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What size tank?
What type of lights and how many?
What substrate?
Those can be the more demanding of those found in the packs. Need a bit more specific info.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:30 AM   #3
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55gal,Ecocomplete, coralife t5, just one light at the moment. All the other plants in the packs seem to be doing good.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:38 AM   #4
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Is that t5no or t5ho? Coralife both fixtures.
One bulb if either is not a lot of light.

I've got both in a 55gallon tank with 2-t5no and excel. The C.helferi were large plants but still had barely enough light to sustain them. The downoi were well established plants when I got them and are doing well but growing slowly. Might be an issue with light as well as transitioning from emerse growth to submerged growth. People have been having mixed results with the downoi out of the packs, though a friend of mine is having great success with the C.helferi in a higher light tank.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:45 AM   #5
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I believe it's just a t5 dual but the other light is a bright blue.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:06 AM   #6
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Ho&no bulbs look identical as do the fixtures. Do you know the wattage of the bulbs?
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:42 PM   #7
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I bought this light at least 8 years ago. l can't find the exact model that I currently own. But I believe it's a compact florescent lunar. Suppose to be a 10,000k light. I also noticed some other plants starting to wither. But my crypts and amazon swords are doing fine.

65watt I believe
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crypts and amazon swords can do ok in lower light the other plants not so much
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:33 PM   #9
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Hmm.. this was one of the more expensive lights....

What type of fixture should I purchase? Would led work?
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It has the fans and everything
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:13 AM   #11
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the thing is a 55 is deep and its takes some really strong lights to get to the bottom.
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I went to petsmart today and bought a 30" aquarium dual t5. It was one of the best they had. Will that combined with my light work? I plan on upgrading when I can make it to the fish store. And which would be the best light for me to purchase? Seems like a stupid question but when I bought the coralife I thought it was top of the line.

I also pulled up the dead/dying plants and planted some new ones.
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I went to petsmart today and bought a 30" aquarium dual t5. It was one of the best they had. Will that combined with my light work? I plan on upgrading when I can make it to the fish store. And which would be the best light for me to purchase? Seems like a stupid question but when I bought the coralife I thought it was top of the line.

I also pulled up the dead/dying plants and planted some new ones.
It was, 8 years ago, and is still useful. Light doesn't change, you can still get by with t12 bulbs if you want to. The thing the newer lights give you is better efficiency (more light with less bulbs using less electricity). You probably would have been alright with just swapping out the bulbs on your old fixture. The t5ho is probably all you need if you're not going to run co2, in fact it may be too much. I run 2 t5NO bulbs (less light) and fight algae on the tips of the C.helferi and other leaves close to the water surface. This is with excel dosing also.
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I'll get some new bulbs and try them out. I just don't want the Helferi plants and alternanthera rebellion to die again.

And thank you for you patience and help.I've had a lot of planted tanks but never had plants die on me like this.
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Old 10-04-2013, 10:38 PM   #15
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So I purchased a 35W fluval led with 5200k and a aqueon t5 dual lamp. Will this be enough light? I just hooked it up today and also noticed my angelina eating it. I'm not sure if they're just eating dead leaves or the live leaves. Should I remove them?
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