04-20-2011, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by bettababy
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.