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Old 04-25-2012, 04:01 PM   #11
 
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That looks pretty good. You should see a bit darker green, but that may be the camera. If you want to pursue this colour issue, let me know the fertilizers going in the tank and how often. And your GH.

As you surmised, Salvinia like most plants needs a period to adjust to a new environment.

On the pH, I have no direct knowledge of how much this affects most plants. The ranges in the profiles here are the consensus of botanists and acknowledged planted tank sources, not something I dreamed up, so I provide what the experts say is optimal. But some plants may do well beyond those ranges. All one can do is try and see.

There are some plants that are quite finicky. I will usually state this in the parameter section if someone like Kasselmann has noted it.


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Byron, my GH is around 16 if I remember rightly, so pretty hard. And I have dosed with 2.5 ml of flourish comprehensive 2 times this week, only just started using flourish this week, I also removed my carbon filter pad this week too! So hopefully things will start to improve soon. Got some black beard going on on my java fern and Anubis though, so think I might be leaving lights on too long. Around 12 hours give or take.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:13 PM   #12
 
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I can notice that the yellowing is all on leaves that are submerged wich is something normal for a floating plant like this, if the leaf cant get air it dies, nothing to worry if most other leafs are out of water! also look for the root tips if you see browning of the tip you may lack nutrients in the water. As you can see in my aquarium profile i have a similar plant called dwarf water lettuce grows similarly just has more fluff and hairs and roots! and i have never seen a plant grow like that -_- hehe.
Hey, funnily enough I have just ordered some dwarf water lettuce from eBay and eagerly await it's arrival, so I'll have a mix of that and salvinia floating love the floating plants!!

I have noticed that some of the roots are a tad brown, so a lack of nutrients could be a problem, but like I was telling Byron I am now dosing with flourish comprehensive twice a week so I'm guessing this will provide sufficient nutrients? Got quite a high bio load so the plants should use some of the ammonia. But I also have quite a lot of plants too.....

Is it worth looking into adding CO2? How hard is this and is it dangerous with a high bio load tank? Don't really know much about the CO2 game..
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I would not recoment Co2 with the amount of light you have it would not be very effective, and as for nutrients it could also be in the form of nitrate , doing water change is good but you must keep some nitrate for the plants! and ya as for the dwarf water lettuce get ready hehe i have some that are almost as big as my hand and they are linked to like 4-5 other plants of similar size with alot of smaller ones that those have smaller ones attached hehe its like a big web! and it grows super fast I pick them up each week , put them in the mesuring cup i use for alot of thing in my aquarium , squash them to make more room and I throw out cups compacted of this stuff a week! so If anyone needs some Id be happy to ship them!
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:45 PM   #14
 
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That water lettuce looks sick in your tank by the way! Can't wait until my floaters look like that!

Hmm, wasn't keen on the co2 anyway..

Nitrates are not a problem, I have around 20-40ppm out of my tap water. I dont treat my water with anything, I just run the tap hard into my bucket and then let it sit for 24 hours to declourinate etc before adding it to my tank.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:13 PM   #15
 
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Byron, my GH is around 16 if I remember rightly, so pretty hard. And I have dosed with 2.5 ml of flourish comprehensive 2 times this week, only just started using flourish this week, I also removed my carbon filter pad this week too! So hopefully things will start to improve soon. Got some black beard going on on my java fern and Anubis though, so think I might be leaving lights on too long. Around 12 hours give or take.
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I think this is still just the plants adjusting. Removing the carbon (if it was still active) may improve this too, as that could have been competing.

Anubias and Java Fern are shade plants, and in direct light they will almost always attract brush algae. Floating plants over them will help, and/or decreasing the intensity [not sure what this is, so just mention it as another cause]. If intensity is fine, then duration can be looked at.

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