Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Overland Park, KS
Ahh all my plants are getting sick!
I just got my planted tank set up. I have all the test kits in the mail, so I can't tell you any water parameters past what I think they are.
I'm using AquariumPlants's own substrate, 130W PC lighting, injected CO2 at about 3bps, a few drops per 10 gallons of AquariumPlants' total liquid, and a capful (10ml) of Excel per day. I have no fish in the tank but a few hitchhiker snails.
According to my digital probe -- my pH is 5.6, water from our tap is 8.8 so I think there's a fair bit of CO2 in there (but the drop checker is still blue...). Photoperiod is 8-10 hours. Temperature is about 78F.
My red flame echinodorus is turning green/white on the tips. The edges (new growth?) of my hygrophila balsamica is white. My cryptocoryne crispatula is turning translucent in places.
How can I save this? I have a bottle of Flourish at home, should I start dosing that and stop dosing AquariumPlants total liquid? Right now I don't care if I swing back around too hard and grow some algae, I plan to stock nothing but algae eaters. I want to make sure I don't lose my stock!