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post #171 of 272 Old 12-19-2011, 01:46 AM
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Same here, all of my plants are showing great growth with the sole exception being the micro sword. It's still healthy but showing zero spreading or growth. I didn't exactly know how to plant it or how I wanted it so I basically lumped it together tightly after removing from the pot. I read that it will spread and grow faster if it's spread out a bit so I pulled it up yesterday, separated it, then replanted in roughly 1/2" spacing. I read that it will grow and spread faster like that since more water/lights/nutriends get through to the roots. I'll see how it goes over the next few weeks

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post #172 of 272 Old 12-19-2011, 02:38 AM Thread Starter
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Well hmmmmm, I might have to try that tomorrow. I figuring lights are the issue though so I threw another light on top of the aquarium tonite and will leave it there for a couple of weeks and see if that helps. It might not make a difference but I don't think it will hurt anything either.
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post #173 of 272 Old 12-19-2011, 07:46 AM
Tank looks great.

That is weird about the Pygmy Chain sword. Mine has just about doubled in the maybe 3 weeks I've had it. It is in play sand with no root caps yet. 4 15watt cfls over a 30 gallon. Only use Flourish Comp. 2 times a week. That seems to be about the only thing I CAN grow. Even my java fern is getting black spots.....

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2 Bolivian Rams (1M/1F)
4 Corydoras Melanistius
2 Peppered Cory
1 Sunburst Platy (M)
1 Guppy (M)
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post #174 of 272 Old 12-19-2011, 08:58 AM
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keep a close eye on your algea. you want light to be the limiting factor. Too much light with not enough CO2 and nutrients it will cause more algae

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keep a close eye on your algea. you want light to be the limiting factor. Too much light with not enough CO2 and nutrients it will cause more algae
Yes I know thanks though. I only added a 15w bulb to that side of the tank. I am working on some DIY Co2 I got it bubbling in the bubble counter but its not making it to the main tank yet. I am going to make up another bottle today and add it on.
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Tank looks great.

That is weird about the Pygmy Chain sword. Mine has just about doubled in the maybe 3 weeks I've had it. It is in play sand with no root caps yet. 4 15watt cfls over a 30 gallon. Only use Flourish Comp. 2 times a week. That seems to be about the only thing I CAN grow. Even my java fern is getting black spots.....
LoL I can grow my swords and Vals just fine as long as I remember to add fertilizer. That's part of the reason I added a potting mix to the bottom of the tank. Now I have all my swords growing about 4-5 new leaves since I did that. That's without any extra fertilizer added. So everything seems to love it except the Pygmy chain sword.

You have 2 Watts per gallon over your tank. I only have with my original lights alittle over 1 Watt per gallon. Which is why I added another light.
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post #177 of 272 Old 12-20-2011, 12:02 AM
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hmm that may be part of my issue also, I never really calculated it, (not sure how I missed that step) but I only have a single 15W Aqueon 8000k bulb over my 29g. So I barely have half a watt per gallon. Strange, the rest of the plants are doing awesome, dosing ferts twice a week, only the microsword didn't grow a single new stem in 3 weeks.

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post #178 of 272 Old 12-20-2011, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Last change before i add my fish back!

I just did my final changes to my tank today. I am loving the new layout. I am going to let the water settle for today then I am going to add my Angels back tomorrow.
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post #179 of 272 Old 12-20-2011, 12:54 PM
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Looking good! How did it go with removing the mold?

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hmm that may be part of my issue also, I never really calculated it, (not sure how I missed that step) but I only have a single 15W Aqueon 8000k bulb over my 29g. So I barely have half a watt per gallon. Strange, the rest of the plants are doing awesome, dosing ferts twice a week, only the microsword didn't grow a single new stem in 3 weeks.
I have been looking into lights a lot here lately. I got the Pygmy chain sword cause I was under the impression that it was a low light plant
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