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Old 04-15-2014, 03:00 AM   #1
 
29g planted journey

Hello everyone! It's way to late at night for me to make an extravagant post, however one will come followed by pictures I promise. I've been in this hobby for a while now but I still considered myself new. There is just so much information to obtain. I currently have a 75g saltwater (I'll probably end up making a thread for that too) and a 29g freshwater planted.

I have a few questions concerning my plants in the 29, but first I'll give a brief summary of the tank.

-Off the top of my head I have about 10-15 plants that I believe require low-moderate level light. (Dwarf hair grass, Anubis nana, and a few others I'll be able to name later)
- 6 Serpae tetras, 2 spotted Cory cats, and a pleco
- Currently running (2) Aqueon T5 dual fixture, (1) 30" (1) 24"
Total wattage: 64 watt
-marineland bio wheel power filter penguin 200

Temp: 75
Ph: 7

I dose co2 daily, flourish twice a week, seachem plant food twice a week, and API leaf zone twice a week


My problem is that most of my plants are browning or wilting. After doing some research, I've come up with a few possibilities as to why this is happening. Of course I'm completely open to ideas suggestions and advice, because I'm obviously doing something incorrect.

- Do I not have enough light for my tank? I'm at 2 watts per gallon right now, I'll give my light schedule tomorrow but I think it's from 8am-7pm and 10am-5pm

- After reading a sticky in planted tanks on this forum, I think I should just get rid of my marineland filter all together. From reading that sticky, I got that it's probably way to strong for my tank, with a very high water flow and a lot of surface water movement which leads to gas exchange getting rid of the carbon in my tank, and also removing nutrients through it's blue carbon filter pad. What do y'all think?

- Should I even be dosing co2? I know that the light-macro-micro levels need to balanced and I'm afraid my levels are not balanced at all

I've believe I have everything I need to sustain these plants and allow them to grow, I've just got some things mixed up, however I could be waaaay off and doing something completely wrong. That's why I've come to y'all for help!

Thanks for your time,

Ben
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:03 AM   #2
 
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I must add.. watts er gallon often mean nothing (aside for your electric bill). You have t5 so at your depth thats good yet t5HO is best..and best when used with a reflective hood that supports HO instead of cheap t5 fixtures.

yes in my opinion the filter is far from best.

but to better assist we would need your KH and GH along with the plants you're keeping.

I don't bother with Co2... I once in a blue moon add root tabs and when I feel like it I use aquavitro envy and/or flourish comprehensive (which also is rare yet my tanks are amazing for plants)
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My neglected planted tank which I use all above info I posted (I have 6 tanks well planted but this was easiest to share )

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I must add.. watts er gallon often mean nothing (aside for your electric bill). You have t5 so at your depth thats good yet t5HO is best..and best when used with a reflective hood that supports HO instead of cheap t5 fixtures.

yes in my opinion the filter is far from best.

but to better assist we would need your KH and GH along with the plants you're keeping.

I don't bother with Co2... I once in a blue moon add root tabs and when I feel like it I use aquavitro envy and/or flourish comprehensive (which also is rare yet my tanks are amazing for plants)
Ah, I pulled the total wattage from my saltwater tank, I figured that corals were similar to plants and that the watt per gallon rule applied here too. I run an aquatic life t5ho for my reef, are you saying I should get one for my planted too? And if I get rid of my power filter should I get a canister filter or will I be okay?

Honestly have no idea how to test for Kh, not GH
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:46 AM   #7
 
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for fluorescent I like zoomed 'ultra sun' bulbs.. they're 6500k and actually work for plants unlike some "plant" bulbs.
you should pul the rhizome of the anubia up some.. it doesn't do well when fully under the substrate. just clip that leaf off and soon you should see new leaves.

Don't worry about your filter just yet... as a filter I just don't think they're rest but it shouldn't cause issues for your plants. Don't replace that blue carbon pad ever.. if it gets clogged then rinse it but don't toss it. Once the activated carbon stops working it actually becomes a great place for beneficial bacteria to colonize. After 2 weeks it should no longer be doing anything other then helping your bio filtration.
another thing I'm curious about..is your tank cycled? Have you tested your water?

You can get a liquid test kit to keep an eye on your parameters . I use the API mater test kit.

best of luck.. and ask away if you have more questions.
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for fluorescent I like zoomed 'ultra sun' bulbs.. they're 6500k and actually work for plants unlike some "plant" bulbs.
you should pul the rhizome of the anubia up some.. it doesn't do well when fully under the substrate. just clip that leaf off and soon you should see new leaves.

Don't worry about your filter just yet... as a filter I just don't think they're rest but it shouldn't cause issues for your plants. Don't replace that blue carbon pad ever.. if it gets clogged then rinse it but don't toss it. Once the activated carbon stops working it actually becomes a great place for beneficial bacteria to colonize. After 2 weeks it should no longer be doing anything other then helping your bio filtration.
another thing I'm curious about..is your tank cycled? Have you tested your water?

You can get a liquid test kit to keep an eye on your parameters . I use the API mater test kit.

best of luck.. and ask away if you have more questions.
Okay so keep the lights I have, just replace the bulbs, I'll look into that tonight. I'm about to test the water right after this. I have one of the API master kits as well, from petsmart, but I don't think it has a test for alkalinity. The tank was cycled, my reef tank is actually in that process as well but that's going to take quite a while.

Thanks for your help I'll be show to keep posting, I know I'll have more questions!
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:50 PM   #10
 
Just realized this thread probably could have gone in the planted aquarium area, whoops.
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