04-06-2010, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
Bacopa monnieri (Baby Tears) is a stem plant and thus a fast growing plant, which means it will require a good steady supply of nutrients. It is deemed a bright light plant, but Hiscock says in lower light it will just grow taller with wider spaces between leaves. So your light is not likely the problem, which leaves us with nutrients.
As I have frequently noted in posts, stem plants assimilate nutrients via their roots but also through the leaves. Without sufficient nutrients in the water, they usually do not do well. I would use Flourish Comprehensive weekly. You don't indicate when the browning began, was it when you stopped Flourish? And how much had you been dosing, once or twice weekly? If this plant was OK then, go back to that schedule.
By the way, I am not an advocate of Excel. It is a carbon supplement, and there is (surprisingly) a lot of carbon via CO2 in an aquarium, from the fish, plants and the bacteria; and depending upon the hardness of the water, there may be carbon as bicarbonates which some plants can easily assimilate. I would not continue Excel, just Flourish Comprehensive; you should see a change in about 2 weeks. If you were/are dosing Flourish once weekly and this plant does not improve, use it twice, provided only the recommended amount.
it was browning but not as much. I was only putting about 3 drops each week cause i speculated the flourite was enough. The bottle says about 8 drops per 10 gallon. So should i do 8 drops? and no i dont use excel anymore. You made an excellent post on one of my other threads that was very informative about excel.