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First planted tank...some questions:

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I set up my first planted tank about 3 weeks ago. Here is the setup:

15g tank
eco-complete substrate
65w power compact light
AC30 power filter on lowest setting
hagen co2 system

The plants are as follows:

dwarf hairgrass
lobelia cardinalis (cardinal plant)
crypt wendtii "tropica"
dwarf lilly
red ludwigia
anubias nana

I only added the anubia and ludwigia today, the rest of the plants have been in there for 3 weeks. I also have 3 platies, 6 neons, and 4 panda cories in there. The lights are on a 12hr cycle, and I have changed 30% of the water every week, adding 1ml of flourish.

Here are my questions. First, everything seems to be growing well. There is new growth on the cardinal plant, the lilly, and the hairgrass. The hairgrass seems to have brown tips, though, and I'm not sure if it means it's dying or if it's brown algae. Is there a way to tell? Second, my lilly has still not rooted; the bulb is easily moved and even though it has sent up a new leaf about every 3 days, one leave has had to be removed and another one looks like it's wilting. What could this be?

Lastly, there is hair algae growing on the glass, but I'm not too worried. I will get 1 or 2 otos once there is enough algae to feed them for a few days. Any suggestions about the plants?

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Here are my questions. First, everything seems to be growing well. There is new growth on the cardinal plant, the lilly, and the hairgrass. The hairgrass seems to have brown tips, though, and I'm not sure if it means it's dying or if it's brown algae. Is there a way to tell? Second, my lilly has still not rooted; the bulb is easily moved and even though it has sent up a new leaf about every 3 days, one leave has had to be removed and another one looks like it's wilting. What could this be?

Lastly, there is hair algae growing on the glass, but I'm not too worried. I will get 1 or 2 otos once there is enough algae to feed them for a few days. Any suggestions about the plants?

Gino
brown tips on hair grass, if it looks like a seed thingie, its normal easiest way to tell, post a pic

lily, did you bury the bulb or just toss it in the tank ? bury the bulb completely and dont move it around and bury a root tab right under the lily, it will root nicely. lilies are root feeder, if it hasnt root yet, its not getting proper nutrients.

hair algae is probably because tank hasnt cycle yet, its only been around 3 weeks. otos will work

hey...my algae pearls
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Thanks for the advice; I got 2 otos that I'm acclimating now. I will take some pics soon.

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