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Old 03-29-2013, 06:26 PM   #41
 
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Great. I'd just keep an eye on that for a while. I made the mistake of doing too many things at once and only complicated things.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:37 PM   #42
 
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thats exactly what im trying to NOT do lol.
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:09 AM   #43
 
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my stems have seemed to stop growing but so has the algae. the plants are starting to look unhappy and slowly getting worse. i dosed a single shot of flourish 5ml on the 28th and have not seen any improvement of the plants. makes me think my light is either to high or not on long enough. what do you guys think?
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:04 PM   #44
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I don't get how you could go from growing to slowly getting worse with small adjustments. Maybe split the difference of your last two adjustments and wait longer before doing another.

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Old 03-30-2013, 02:59 PM   #45
 
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its liek the things in my tank are shifting so quickly, as far as alge/plant growth. seems to be all or nothing at this point i am doing double dose flourish 12 on 12 off. if the plants die so be it. if algae takes over so be it getting tired of the fight with this stuff.
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Old 03-30-2013, 03:49 PM   #46
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Sorry, but what plants do you have again?
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:06 PM   #47
 
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i only know them by common name off hand, moneywart watersprite dwarfg temple plant some type of crypt and rotella. o and creeping charlie
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:48 PM   #48
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I know you're frustrated, but I'm just trying to help. I have experience with some of those plants, but not all. How are they doing badly? I'm not sure any of them grow fast enough in low tech for you to see a total stop in growth.

The 12 hours lights on sounds like a lot to me. I don't even do that long with the tanks that aren't planted. In that long you're likely to have the plants use up whatever CO2 occurs naturally, at which point they will stop growing and the algae will.

Is the water sprite floating? That will help as well. So will lots and lots more fast growing plants. An entire surface of floating plants is your best bad though. They can get CO2 from the air and shade the rest of the tank for you. Try a bunch and see which works the best and grows the fastest. For me that's Amazon frogbit. With a surface of that you can leave the lights on longer. However with a surface of that you might not be able to keep stems. You shouldn't have algae though.

Definitely up the ferts without the thick surface covering. I know lots of people will dose that amount here on the forum. They have low light and hence need less ferts. Not the case with you. If you want to dose based on PMDD that is 6 ml a day. Want EI instead? That's 32 ml once or twice a week. A dosing routine will help.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:20 PM   #49
 
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well i used to be able to see new growth on my moneywart and creeping charlie every day, i did a trimming of the moneywart the otherday and havent noticed any new growth from it or the tops that were replanted. i did a dose of 12 ml today with the flourish "two capfulls". i would like to see the tank pull through but at this point i now have cloudy water and perfect params. i got the smallest cirulation pump avilable and it is like a hurricane in there. all the plants i have floating are pushed into a corner where they get caught, but i can make it a powerhead instead of a circulation pump? the watersprite is getting paleish white towards the top. someone had reccomended lattaces across the top but there is so much room here for what to start with etc etc. im about to tear the whole tank down and put it up for another few years then maybe try it again not sure yet though. i just dont see how i was seeing daily grwoth when the plants were put in at the start and have since slowed to a crawl or stopped all together. P.S no green water just very very cloudy... yet another PITA to add to the list.

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Old 03-31-2013, 04:58 AM   #50
 
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Hang in there, Mitch ! You'll win this battle. Of course, then there'll be another but, that's part of the "fun" of this hobby. During such adjustment times, it helps me to keep the tank as tidy as possible in the ways I can. At least there's something positive to see that way.
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