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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-18-2012, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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tank troubles

i may have let my liilys go a bit to long and drown out light to my blood stargrass. trimmed the lillys to day. the blood stargrass was all brown and mushy cept about 1/2- 1 in from substrate. i cut all the mushy leaves off and just left the green and replanted. Question is did i make a rookie mistake by doing this or will it be alright?

currently in the tank

2 anacharis
4 rotala indica
(was) 5 blood stargrass
8 japanese fans
20 dwarf onions
4 ambulia 20 tall sagittaria subulate
3 lg red spot ozelot swords
20 crypt walkeri
10 crypt wendtii reds
5 java ferns


10 jumbo black neon tetras (added sat)
2 otos( added sat)
4 kulii loaches in there 4 a month
1 dwarf african frog in 4 a month
8 olive nirate snails in there since tank was started

40 gallon tank
magnum canister 350 filter with filter moss/bio balls in the media container.
2 20 watt easy grow lights 12 on 12 off cycle
water temp 78
nitrate 20 ppm
nitrite o
gh 7.5
kh 120
ph 7.0
dosing with florin gro nitrogen,florin axis carbon and seachem flourish, 5ml each 40 every other day as instructed by lfs at the arc pet store in merriville. could the ferts be what did the blood stargrass in?

please help and tell me if i did something wrong/or doing something wrong
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I believe that the japanese fans are non-aquatic pants, I know they are sold as aquatic. I think your Stargrass, and your Rotala are higher light plants. Can you provide some more information on your light strip? Perhaps a link to where we can read the specs on it? Don't dose fertilizers according to the LFS. Dose them according to the label. Since you are dosing Nitrogen, have you been keeping track of your nitrates?

Standard 10 Gallon (20 x12x12).
Low tech, Sand substrate.
Eheim 2211, and Aqueon Quietflow 10.
Finnex Stingray LED, 20" above substrate
2 Anubias Nana Petite, Christmas moss.
4 Halequin Rasborahs, 5 RCS.
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i still have the box for one of the lights round here somewhere(just have to find it) the other light and hood was givin to me for temp use until i can afford the light strip i really want. i purchased all the plants from AZGARDENS.COM. ive read and heard nothing but good reviews about them.
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In my opinion if the plants were doing fine till they were shaded by the lily then light wasn't reaching the stems.

I'd suggest getting rid of the lily plants to allow the stems to get more light!

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trimmed the lillys all the way to the base. theyre still shooting sprouts to the surface but trimming them daily now. the blood stargrass seems to be doing fine as ive noticed some growth although slow not concerned since ive since found out that i need to upgrade my lighting situation.
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