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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-12-2004, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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Blackout Death

I've had a bit of a free-floating algae explosion as of late,
so I blacked my tank out and stopped feeding.

I left it that way for two days, and today turned on the
light to find that close to half of my hairgrass has died.
It was doing phenomonally well prior to the blackout.

This can't be a coincidence.

Any ideas on how I could bring it back?
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Did they turn a bit yellow or totally brown? If yellow, they may turn back to green later. If brown, they will send new healthy runners and you just need to take out the dead ones. That's why I don't like black out method. Some plants get weak sometimes. But I doubt that you could kill them totally just by 3 day blackout.
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Can't imagine a 3 day blackout causing any plants to die. When necessary, I've done blackouts for 4 days(with a water change in between) with no problem whatsoever.
Possibly, the hair grass is more sensitive to a black out, but I wouldn't do anything to or with it, atleast for a few days, and see how it responds to the lighting again.



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