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Old 04-18-2011, 06:33 PM   #51
 
good luck! i hope it stays away.
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Old 04-18-2011, 06:46 PM   #52
 
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Sounds like its working out for you so far. I will keep a watch on this thread. Keep us posted please.
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:47 PM   #53
 
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Sounds like its working out for you so far. I will keep a watch on this thread. Keep us posted please.

I will I am thinking if there is still no fungus by Wednesday I will add some fertilizer and see what happens
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:56 PM   #54
 
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Sounds like a good plan.
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Old 04-20-2011, 01:43 PM   #55
 
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Well I think it has been 96 hrs give or take and no fungus anywhere so I went ahead put some fertilizer in the tank again. I do have a question though? If the fertilizer helps promote the fungus to grow again then what do I do then? Never add it again? what about the plants? Hope this isn't the case but just what do I do?
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:30 PM   #56
 
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There are a lot of misconceptions in the aquarium hobby, fertilizer use is on that list. Not all plants or situations require fertilizers to thrive. Take a look at my planted tank photos, none of my tanks gets fertilizer outside of the waste from the fish. So my first question is why were you using fertilizer in the first place? Some people use it for the first few months of setting up a new tank which can help speed up plant growth, but that is not always the case.
I would give your plants a chance before worrying about using any ferts again. If they have the appropriate lighting, they are getting nutrients from fish waste and food waste, water quality is good, temp is proper for their species... you may find that ferts is something you don't actually need.

If you find that ferts are needed then it will be a matter of sorting through all of your available options, comparing ingredients, and trial/error to find what is going to work best for your situation.
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:56 PM   #57
 
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I was just under the impression that you "needed" to use fertilizer if I don't have that will good to I will just keep looking at the situation closer and see what happens then anyways I did use it this morning. Some of my plants I don't think are looking to good so maybe the fertizler will help get then back. I have moved then a lot during the process of getting rid of the fungus. I haven't touch them since though. Thanks for the help bettababy!
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:36 PM   #58
 
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If you find fertilizer is needed for some of the plants to thrive, then we need to sort out which plants and what their specific needs are, and then just find you a different option in fertilizer. There are many out there, and there are simple ways to target only certain plants.

It may also not be a fertilizer thats needed to help your plants. We should then examine the species of plant, environment you're providing, lighting, temp, etc. to determine what the problem is before attempting to treat it with anything. Each species of plant has its own specific needs which will differ from other species.

Now would be a good time to start doing research on each plant species you are keeping.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:10 PM   #59
 
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If you find fertilizer is needed for some of the plants to thrive, then we need to sort out which plants and what their specific needs are, and then just find you a different option in fertilizer. There are many out there, and there are simple ways to target only certain plants.

It may also not be a fertilizer thats needed to help your plants. We should then examine the species of plant, environment you're providing, lighting, temp, etc. to determine what the problem is before attempting to treat it with anything. Each species of plant has its own specific needs which will differ from other species.

Now would be a good time to start doing research on each plant species you are keeping.
I do know a little about the some of the plants in there (very little though). I can tell you this When I ordered these plants it was a package deal and I probably went about getting them the wrong way. I rushed a little bit instead of resourcing more into the plants That is my mistake and I am trying to figure out the best way to make it work. I think most of the plants I have in the tank fall into the temp range I have, Which is kept at 77-78. The lighting I have two 32w (i think not sure on the wattage) 6500k GE bulbs. I can also tell you that the plants that are doing good are the swords and the jungle val. and the corkscrew val has seemed to come back I thought it was dead. The purple cabomba seem to in question. Now I know the lighting for them is probably not quite right for them. They are growing like crazy but they are not purple so I realize there is something messing just not sure? I am thinking its lighting. The swords (not sure actually which species I have I will let you know that shortly) leaves and the vals leafs are covered in what I am guessing is diatoms which I keep wiping off and some hair algae at the top of the val leaves. Rotala indica is the other plant that I am not sure about though it seems to have new growth on it? I will look up the infomation more the next couple of days on all the plants I will get back to you on this matter.
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Old 04-21-2011, 04:30 PM   #60
 
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I have a question, The plants that I took out of the aquarium because of maybe the fungus are growing in my 10gal. They are planted in a sand substrate. I am going to leave those plants in that tank since they are doing good there and no fungus. The question is: Can I take the eco-complete substrate that I took out of the aquarium and some how sanitze it and reuse it in my 55gal again? Would it be best if I just throw it away and buy another bag to use? The reason I am asking is that I have some shallow spots in my gravel where some of my swords are and would like to put some more gravel back soo the roots wouldn't be soo exposed.
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