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I noticed over the last couple of days that my plants are not pearling as much as they used to? I do a 20% water change a week and the co2 and other water parameters are the same. My ph controller is set for 6.50. I don't know if I got enough co2 going into the tank. Any ideas?
 

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Everything is the same as before? How old are your bulbs? And changes in dosing? Livestock? Does the tank get outside sunlights?
 

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If everthing is exactly the same I would say either check/replace your bulbs and do bigger waterchanges.
 

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Presumably the compact fluorescents don't age like the regular fluorescents do but I'm not so sure. I see a definite difference in brightness between a pair of older bulbs I've got and a pair of newer bulbs. Light intensity definitely affects pearling as well as I don't see near the amount with 2wpg as I did with 4wpg.
 

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I don't think it's the lights I've only had them for 3months? or do you think they could be no good? All the water parameters are the same except my kh gets one degree harder every month. I will try to change out more water. Do you guys think overdoseing with excel for a staghorn and hair algae problem could cause no pearling?
 

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I'm running almost 6wpg. 192watts over 30gal
 

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what r u using to feed your plants ?? that could be stunting the pearling = less .. if they arebt growing they arent using the co2 .. hence the slow growth? also excel basically is adding more co2 so i dont this it is hurting anything? try replacing half your bulbs on 1 side & see if that side gets going
 

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Do a larger WC, 50%. Get a drop checker. Crank up the CO2 to optimal conditions. Don't rely on your pH controller. Why? Because you said your kH is changing every month!
 

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Do a larger WC, 50%. Get a drop checker. Crank up the CO2 to optimal conditions. Don't rely on your pH controller. Why? Because you said your kH is changing every month!
It changes 1 degree each month, I started with 3kh when I started the tank,now i'm up to 5kh
what r u using to feed your plants ?? that could be stunting the pearling = less .. if they arebt growing they arent using the co2 .. hence the slow growth? also excel basically is adding more co2 so i dont this it is hurting anything? try replacing half your bulbs on 1 side & see if that side gets going
I'm using seachem stuff. Excel,trace,florish,potassium,iron,nitrogan,and phosphorus.

I did a 50% water change today,I'll check the parameters this eveing and see where I'm at. At least after a water change everything is pearling!!!:icon_smil
Thanks guys appriciate all the help!!!:icon_smil
 

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Epicfish,

What kind of drop checker should I get,or what brand do you think is good?
 

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It change 1 degree each month, I started with 3kh when I started the tank,now i'm up to 5kh
I'm using seachem stuff. Excel,trace,florish,potassium,iron,nitrogan,and phosphorus.
Do you have any livestock?

Your changing kH is interesting. Are you doing WCs and topping off with RO water or tap water?

Get a drop checker for a more accurate reading of your CO2 levels...especially since your kH is changing.
 

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It changes 1 degree each month, I started with 3kh when I started the tank,now i'm up to 5kh
I'm using seachem stuff. Excel,trace,florish,potassium,iron,nitrogan,and phosphorus.

I did a 50% water change today,I'll check the parameters this eveing and see where I'm at. At least after a water change everything is pearling!!!:icon_smil
Thanks guys appriciate all the help!!!:icon_smil
howzit naka,

maybe you should try greg watsons ferts. even with the shipping to hawaii, all of the stuff will be cheaper in the long run than seachem stuff. easy enough to dose dry.

go to compleat kitchen in ala moana and get a set of those specialty measuring spoons (smidgen, pinch, dash), cost less than $3 (call ahead to see if they have in stock) if you do ei.

i also have a 30 gal, but with 72 watts cf. i can grow the basic stuff hygros, r. rotundifolia, and a little more demanding plants like l. aromatica, l. inclinata, l. ovalis. i've had a carpet of glosso cover the entire foreground. 192 watts may be too much if you've got staghorn. that also must generate a lot of heat. i have very little algae (mainly gsa) and the tank doesn't get too hot (no light fans).

laters,

milesm
 

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Do you have any livestock?

Your changing kH is interesting. Are you doing WCs and topping off with RO water or tap water?

Get a drop checker for a more accurate reading of your CO2 levels...especially since your kH is changing.
I do a 20% WC a week using tap water. It pearls real good right after the water change then when the lites go out for 2hrs and turn back on again in the afternoon. Pearling is very limited, The tank used to pearl all the time. I wonder if siesta period is no good? 8am to 12. 12 to 2pm siesta then 2pm to 8:30pm. 10.5 hr total Also I have 2sae's, 8neons, 8 assorted tetra's( small ones,rummynose,silvertip,phantom. 2 blue rams. 2 corys and 3 otto's. Do you think it's to many fish?
howzit naka,

maybe you should try greg watsons ferts. even with the shipping to hawaii, all of the stuff will be cheaper in the long run than seachem stuff. easy enough to dose dry.

go to compleat kitchen in ala moana and get a set of those specialty measuring spoons (smidgen, pinch, dash), cost less than $3 (call ahead to see if they have in stock) if you do ei.

i also have a 30 gal, but with 72 watts cf. i can grow the basic stuff hygros, r. rotundifolia, and a little more demanding plants like l. aromatica, l. inclinata, l. ovalis. i've had a carpet of glosso cover the entire foreground. 192 watts may be too much if you've got staghorn. that also must generate a lot of heat. i have very little algae (mainly gsa) and the tank doesn't get too hot (no light fans).

laters,

milesm
Milesm,

I stagger the 2nd light right now to only get 8 hrs a day and the other one 10.5hrs. It does get real hot( the fixture does) however it doesn't seem to heat the water to much . The light is a coralife aqualight on the legs that raise it above the tank. The fixture has a fan also so I guess it helps. I was only going to use one bulb and run it straight [email protected] I figured more light would be better but I'm still new at this. Saltwater live rock did better with bright light but I also had a chiller hooked up(to bad I gave it away with the rest of my saltwater stuff). What do you think I should do? Oh by the way, tell me more about the dry ferts.

Aloha,Rick
 
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