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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-22-2006, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Newly planted tank troubles

Hi, I've been reading this forum for a while but this is my first post.
I've got a problem and I need help (desperately).
I have a 30 gallons planted tank that's been running fine for a few months.

I wanted the plants to grow faster so I started to add fertilisers (plant gro) and I changed the lighting to get around 2 wpg two weeks ago(no co2 yet)

The trouble is that since then the plants started to grow faster but recently turned yellowish and they started to decay much faster too.

I'm gonna try to give as much info as possible:
ph 7,kh 4, temp 26-27, iron 0.1 +-, nitrates 10-20
I've got rummy noses, neons, rasboras and a yoyo loach(that is unrooting plants) and yesterday 2 of my neons got some kind of ick and have been quarantined.

I aslo have a plant that is not aquatic but seems to grow well....

I don't want to lose it all... help
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-22-2006, 01:53 PM
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Your limiting factor here is CO2. Your plants need a Carbon source, particularly if you are adding nutrients. Their demand for Carbon also increases. With 2wpg you could probably get away with using a DIY setup. I suggest you read the CO2 section of Rex's page. Pehaps this will help you.
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Well, the DIY co2 rig is already set up.
I'm currently testing it on a small tank for troubleshooting, just in case.
But I didn't want to install it if the plants and fishes were not going well first....

So you think that co2 will fix my plant troubles ?
How long will it take to see a change ?
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Could you describe which species of plants have which signs of deficiency? (IE yellowish leaves, algae, withering, etc).

I would say that yup, co2 would probably be the limiter here. If you get a decent amount into that water, you could see a reaction from the plants within 1 day!
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ok, took a while to get the names..

Anubias barteri var. nana - Got holes in the leaves, sorta decaying
Anubias barteri var. nana 'Petite'- Going good till now
Java moss - Attached to my rocks
Vallisneria nana - 2 of them spreading like crazy
Dwarf Grass? - not spreading
Cryptocoryne wendtii - a lot stating to get yellow
a sort of moss ball (Cladophora aegagropila)
Crinum thaianum - Was like everywhere till lately, lost a few large leaves
Has a sort of green algae on it like spots....
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