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Old 05-28-2013, 07:07 PM   #21
 
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okay. Light duration has already been dropped some. I have a guy that sells Water Lettuce, but he is outta state and waiting on his license to distribute it to be approved. How much of the water surface should be covered by plants? as much as possible?
Depends. Plants that grow rapidly, as most surface plants do, can easily be thinned at each weekly water change. I do this as a matter of course.

I'm just experimenting with Water Lettuce myself, having finally found some locally. So far it is not doing much, but time will tell.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:52 AM   #22
 
This video of WL shows the roots at about 20 seconds in. I think this will be more beneficial when i get in to trying to breed my tetras. I think i am going to get a sword soon as well. Think it will be okay covered by the floaters or should i keep it clear and with direct light?

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Old 05-29-2013, 09:11 AM   #23
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I have an amazon sword at the rear of my tank and the floaters are all in the middle to rear with the light out near the front... so it is mostly shaded. It is doing fine but doesn't grow fast by any means.

You'll just have to see how it goes.

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Old 05-29-2013, 07:04 PM   #24
 
i added 2 kindas of swords today. Still no floaters yet. Here is the new pic.

the one in the back center is Ozelot and the others are all just Amazon sword. I bought those petco brand plants in the plastic tubes, so i wont have snails. I was surprised to the see the amazon sword was actually 5 or 6 plants so i will not be able to keep them all most likely.

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Old 06-04-2013, 07:29 AM   #25
 
So yesterday i noticed more algae growing on the new plants. I decided that even tho i started ferts, i will cut back to just one t5 until i get floating plants. anyone see anything wrong with this scenario? my lights have been shortened to run from 9am to 4 pm (7 hours).
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:07 AM   #26
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Sounds like it should be fine.

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Old 06-05-2013, 06:26 AM   #27
 
thnx guys. just for the record i am running the weaker of the two lights. The 5000k as opposed tot he 6500k. Both will go back on when i get the water lettuce. hopefully some jungle val in the near future too. NEED MORE PLANTS :)
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:58 AM   #28
 
should i clean the algae off the plant leaves now or let the new light level and ferts do their job?
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should i clean the algae off the plant leaves now or let the new light level and ferts do their job?
If the algae comes off easily, use your fingers to remove it. If it is some form of brush algae it won't. The aim is to stop it increasing; what is already there will not go away.

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Old 06-06-2013, 11:33 AM   #30
 
its on most of my plants so i may want to clean them off so they can get the appropriate light, i would think the leaves being covered in a brown coating would cause leaves to die. your thoughts?
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