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I would love some help.........

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At the moment I have two tanks that I am trying and failing to grow plants in, it seems even the "beginner plants are to advanced for me.
Tank 1: 20 long
Fluval 206 filter
Eheim jagger heater
30 pounds Flourite black
5 pounds black gravel
One Beamworks Da Fspec pent with 10,000k spectrum (not sure if that matters)
Plants: Annubias nana petite( doing ok but the newest addition), java moss ( is a brownish green color but growing), dwarf sag ( been in tank for two weeks now with no new growth and is melting), Amazon sword compacta (doing ok....), Cork screw val ( growing slowly but leaves get more yellow every day)
Fish: 3 hatchet fish ( I plan on swapping these guys out for some chili rasbora), A pair of Apisto Borelli blue that just laid eggs:grin2: ( i would like to add another pair or maybe more females I read they are harem breeders.
Goal for this tank: some sort of carpeting plant, for my spider wood to be covered in healthy green java moss, and to have a lush background full of Amazon sword compacta.NO CO2!!

Tank 2: 40 breeder
Hydor 305 filter
Cobalt heater
30 pounds of Flourite black
40 pounds of eco complete planted
1 planted plus 24/7 se
1 Beamswork da fspec ( same light as 20 just longer)
Plants: about 10 corkscrew vals that I cut completely back after I got them and they are growing slowly but surely, java fern attached to a large piece of spider wood, flame moss attached to same large piece of spider wood, and until today a bunch of dwarf sag that I pulled because they had completely melted including all the roots.
Fish: 9 rasboras, and a pleco. I do plan on getting rid of all these fish and doing an electric blue ram tank with some dither fish.
Goal for this tank: some form of carpeting plant, lush corkscrew/jungle val background, something red in the mid ground, and tons of moss on my spider wood.
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Shorten your lighting period. Cut back to 6 hours a day. Manually remove as much algae as possible. You can split the lighting period into two periods with a few hours in between. The plants will do well, but the algae doesn't like it.
Once the algae is under control, you can add 30 minutes per day once a week, if you see algae coming back, reduce lighting back to the length of the previous week.


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