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post #1 of 5 Old 04-15-2009, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Question baby tear plant not doing good?

I bought a baby tear plant and I don't thing it's doing very well. When I bought it (about a week ago) it was very bushy and over grown, it was potted. It;s been loosing alot of leaves and branches, I planted it in the gravel. The sides of the plant are covered in roots sould I ancor the branches down?

I bought some new plant light bulbs but they seem dimmer than the original white ones I had on there, is that normal? These ones are blue tinted.

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-15-2009, 08:39 PM
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How many watts is this lighting?
Kelvin rating?
How often do you dose CO2?

Baby tear plants are medium-light plants. This means you should have a kelvin rating of at least 5500k, better yet 6500k and not higher than 6700k, with at least 5W per gallon IMO. You need a constant source of CO2 as well. I have never seen this plant grow well in regular gravel as well.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-16-2009, 10:52 AM
some would say that baby tears need VERY high lighting in order to be at its best. ALong with what Cody said, newly introduced plants tend to die off a bit when introduced to a new environment.

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post #4 of 5 Old 04-16-2009, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Umm... I'm not sure what kelvin is? The're 15W/120V Incandescent bulbs. I haven't ever used CO2 or fertilizer, I've been looking for it some but no one in my town carries any. Are there any household thing I could put in the tank to help?
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Candice & Jeff

10 Gallon Starter Tank
2 GloFish
2 Tiger Barbs
1 Dwarf Gourami
1 Pictus Catfish
1 Common Plecostomus
1 Amzon Sword Plant
(Upgrading to a 29 gallon soon)

1 Gallon
1 Crowntail Betta
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-16-2009, 05:42 PM
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These plants are as good as dead if you don't get CO2 and proper lighting ASAP. Proper lighting + CO2 for this plant alone will be $100+.

You can't grow anything but algae with incandescent bulbs.

No household items will help.

Kelvin is basically the color/temperature of light a bulb gives out. You need 5500k-6700k, and at least 5WPG, if not more.
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