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My planted tank is about 2 weeks old. I'm not thrilled with the way the plants are coming along and thought maybe someone could help. It is a 10 gallon, 1 screw in incandescent 15w bulb, 1 screw in flouresccent 15w bulb. I am trying to find a new hood with a single flourescent setup but there are none locally so I have to order on line.
The tank is planted with some Najas grass, java moss tied to some driftwood, amazon sword, some red wentii that had no roots and I just stuck it in the soil, peacock fern. 2 other plants that I have no idea but they are pretty much just yellow and brown leaves right now. All except the Najas grass was in a low light beginners plant kit that I git on Ebay. They also came with 8 MTS
The soil is eco-complete. I have been using flourish for fertilizer.
Should I be using Flourish, Flourish Excel or both? What about all those other liquid ferts. i am very confused. My water is from a well and does have a lot of iron in it so I thought I might not need extra iron in the fert.

I have a 20 g tank that I would like to convert to plants as soon as I figure out what I'm doing.
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Walmart tends to have those spiral compact flourescents. The U-shaped ones are the best, however. www.lightbulbsdirect.com is a good place to check out, they've usually got pretty good prices.

I think you should start dosing Excel, you probably need a carbon source. Excel and/or DIY CO2 usually will work for 10gal tanks.

I also think you should spend some time reading through the links on www.RexGrigg.com - you need to provide a balanced fert regime of macro and micronutrients to the plants. Flourish comprehensive is mostly just trace/micro nutrients, so I think the plants are probably deficient.





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you may be Ok with 2 screw in fluorescent 13-15w or 20w bulbs(if they fit), Deff ditch the incandescent bulb.

My plants seem to do fine in my 10G w/ 2 "daylight" Feit Electric spiral compact fluorescent bulbs. It does better than it did with the stock single T8 15w tube fluorescent bulb
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I have the same screw in hood that you must have. I attached a mylar sheet under my bulbs with spray adhesive. I understand that aluminum foil is even better. The best is to paint it bright white. You could use the Krylon white. It will increase your lights effectiveness. Don't let anyone tell you that to get intense light you have to change your existing fixture. You can switch your bulbs and get more than enough light!

I just had to gear down my bulbs. I had the 24 watts (output says 100 watt) U fluorescent bulbs and began to get green hair algae. I have gone back to the 13 watt (says 55 watt output). I will loose the red color but can't deal with the green hair algae! I'm hoping to get a bulb that is in the middle of those two. That will hopefully give me the light I need for the reds but not too much for the green hair algae. It's my 10g shrimp tank. (If you want to see the lights just click on my link below).

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I could not find the excel anywhere in town so I ordered it on line as well as the flourish trace. I also ordered a new hood with flourescent lighting. The hood I had was old and the bulbs are always wet. I am afraid to leave it on when I'm not home.

I forgot to mention I have spme driftwood in there that is still putting tannin out. I hate the yellow water. Is there anything I can do to clear it up.
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Boil your driftwood 2 or 3 times, changing water each time, this will help "accelerate" the leaching process. I have also had luck by putting Seachem Purigen in a net bag in my filter to help clear the water.

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I soaked it for a week changing water twice a day and it has now been in the tank for 2 more weeks. I will look for Purigen but my Petsmart has nothing for planted tanks.

New question, is it hard to change over an unplanted tank to a planted one? I really would like to put plants in my 20 gallon.
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not really just have lighting and should be Ok for lower light plants.
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