Plants dying -too much light?
I just set up a 10 gallon tank last week with Miracle gro organic potting mix, capped with an inch of play sand. Got some plants shipped to me and also got some cuttings in person. Now all of my plants are turning brown and really mushy/clear - within 2 days of planting usually. I know plants go through a shock phase when they are first planted, but everything is turning mushy and brown and worse each day I get home from work - I have vallisneria, water grass, bacopa australis, guppy grass, frogbit, dwarf sag, anacharis, and some sort of milfoil.
I'm trying to figure out what is causing it - I don't have a heater or filter, and nothing in the tank except for tap water, substrate, and plants. Could it be my light? I have a 4 foot light that I partially hung over the tank - I forgot who made it and how many watts it is, but I think is around 80 - I will make a post in the lighting forum to see if people can figure it out. If I have that light basically 2 inches above the aquarium rim, is that enough to fry the plants?
I went to home depot and bought two clamp lights with 9 watt CFL daylight bulbs. Hoping that will save them.
If anyone can give some input it would be appreciated. Thanks
Last edited by chenoth; 06-07-2013 at 11:15 PM.
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