Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Lawerenceville, Ga In a Van down by the river.
How do you keep Red Plants Red? I have red ludwiga, that was gorgeous. It overgrows my tanks but lost the red coloring and are green. Ditto for some other crypts that I had.
I was under the impression that perhaps increasing the intensity of the lighting would help. However I am running 250 watt MH bulbs over the tank (55 Gal with two bulbs 6500K) to see if this is true. However I seem to get a lot of growth, a lot of pruning. I even cut back my CO2 injection but the growth is phenominal. However unlike my reef tanks, my bulbs are about 12 inches off the tops of the glass. Mainly to cut down on heat.
It has been sugessted that perhaps I need to add more blue to my fixture, but I don't see how that can help.
I have also religously went with flourish, flourish excel, flourish, potassium, iron and all of my planted tanks have a flourite substrate.
My fish all seem to breed in the tank, (6 Pearl Gournimis, 6 Rainbows and 4 apistos) and seem happy enough. When I went to the new lights I had an algae outbreak and i have started using almost a 60 percent RO/DI mix and my tap reads out 43PPM TDS. I do have a timer to turn on airpumps at night when my lights go off. This also turns off my CO2 solenoid.
Am i really missing something? I can get my lotus to Turn dark purple, my cacomba has bloomed over the last year. But I keep losing the red plants (Well they turn green).
Bunches of tanks.
Reef, Planted, vivarium, terriarium, salt.
I worked my self up from nothing to a state of extreme poverity