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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-31-2002, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have this one giant hygro, I have had it for about a year now. Recently I moved all my fish and plants into a 27 gallon from the 20 that they were in. That was about 2 months ago.
My problem is my hygro which is about 30 hygros now lol, is turning brown. I thought they were decaying leaves so i took them out to trim them down. I pulled on the leaves (gently) and they wouldn't come off. So I left them on, put them back in the tank and a week later they were green.
Now they are turning brown again, I don't get it.
I am using 1ml twice a week, of florish.
My lighting is 2X20 6500k Sylvania.
I am getting 2X30 this weekend.
For all I know it could just be low lights. OH and my substrate is aquatic pond soil (clay type) mixed with sand.

Oh I also bought the other day, 3 java ferns and one plant I thought was a crypt.
Now I am not so sure it is a crypt. it had I a big bulb on it so i only planted half the bulb in the soil. Does anyone have any idea what it could be that I bought? And if you know could you post a pic or link pls.

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Oh I think I found my plant lol.
Aponogeton longiplumulosus
that is what it I think it looks like. So I gues I better memorize what a crypt looks like. LOL

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I have had a TON of Giant Hygro in my tank for about three years and I think lighting and nitrate levels have a lot to do with the color. My tank is fairly tall (55 gallon, 21" tall) so the leaves towards the bottom of the stems are brownish-olive green and the ones higher up, towards the light are a bright green. But when nitrates are low - the top leaves turn reddish-pink. Only the leaves near the top, and I have extremely intense lighting (3.45 watts per gallon - 210 Watts total output)

Increasing your light will definitely help keep the leaves more green and less brown, but the more light you have, the faster it will deplete the nitrate levels and you'll get pink leaves and slow growth until you supplement with some stump remover (KNO3).

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I figured lighting to be the problem as well maybe I will pick up my light tonight, cause it was payday WOOHOO.
That way I can finish my hood.
And what is this stump stuff you talk of.
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This reminds me of the time I had Limnophila heterphylla in my tank. It was really sensitive to the amount of light and since I have the same tank size as Ggulfcoast it was really oddly colored. At the bottom in was brown from not enough light, the middle was lush green and then the very top was so brown it was almost dead because the light was too intense.

Unfortunately I no longer have it because I set it down on the floor, left the room and when I came back my dog had destroyed it! :sad:

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hey thanks for the replys guys. So I went and got my lite tonite. 2X30 watts 60 watts total. HEHEHEHE, I like it a lot more.
I only have a 27 gallon so if I need another one I still got room in the hood I made. the hood isn't great but it works that is all that matters to me lol.
I am hoping that will turn my hygo around, will see.

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How's that plant coming along? It's been almost a week. If it hasn't shown much recovery, you might check your NO3 levels

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hey

They are still a little brown, but slowly turning green.
I got some madagasgar lace and it is growning like crazy. Well the flower part is growing tall in like 4 days i am so excited.

I got the ML for like 2 bucks for 2. I think that is a good idea lol.
plus 3 java and one crypt. I paid a total of 6 bucks cdn.
My fish store was having a 2 for 1 sale..

I do have a question though umm how often should you change the poly fiber in your aquaclear. I have had mine for about 7 months I am going to change it tonite.

I heard that you should change it once a month in my aqua fish magazine.
Is that right?
Cause they were saying that it could be the cause of algae. Hmm I could see that.

thanks for all the help again

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Bit of an update.
As far as i can tell the 2 dollar Madagasgar lace is the best plant purchase I could have ever made.
a bunch of leaves are starting to show up.
And the flowering stems are a massive 15inchs long in less then a week.
Problem is my tank is closed top and is only 18inchs I hope I don't have a problem with them.

thanks for listening lol.

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Nice work! I might try that Madagascar Lace sometime. I need an ornamental plant to stand off against my Swordplants.

I'd change that filter pad ever 3 months or so. Any longer and it may leach phosphates into the water. Every time I let my canister filter go more than 3 months without cleaning, BBH algae blooms again.

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I, am also curious about this stump remover. Where do you get it and what dosage do you use? :hehe:

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