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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-17-2014, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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Staurogyne Repens Not Growing Really Well

Actually, i think the green spot algae may actually be growing faster than this plant (the entire bottom half of each 1 inch stem is covered in it). I've done a little bit of research and many say that it is a fast growing plant once established....its been two months since i got the plants and they're still not responding (even though my downoi are doing much better in the tank and i got the two at the same time). Right now, to cut off the GSA growth, I've been limiting lighting (with a set of led lights) to 6 hours a day. Temperature has been reduced from 79 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. I dose flourish excel each day and seachem flourish every week. Any suggestions for speeding up the growing process? I plan to make it my main carpet plant.

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Patience. It took 4-5 months for my Repens to settle in. Low tech, no ferts. Dirted 20H. 4 T5 NO bulbs. Now they grow a half inch a month.
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What is your substrate? I have good success with them in a tank with Eco Complete capped with sand.

In my experience the repens need to have established roots before you see any real growth and they did best in my 'medium' light tank

The repens in my 55G took about 4 months to carpet out completely. During that time it was a constant battle with brown hair algae. Now they grow too fast, I have about a 4" tall carpet I need to trim down to 1". Usually after a big trim I will get hair algae covering the stems until the leaves grow back.

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