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post #21 of 32 Old 11-15-2006, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, thanks for the advice, which plants do you think may not be truely aquatic?
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post #22 of 32 Old 11-15-2006, 02:07 PM
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The only ones i can tell that seem to truely aquatic are the ones one the left right and right sides in the front. The one in the back corner on the right, the right side in front of the driftwood, the fern in back, and the grasses in the middle are all questionable without a better picture. They may survive for a while but if they are not truely aquatic they will rot and foul your water over time.
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post #23 of 32 Old 11-16-2006, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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ok, i have determined that the one at the front right is definately a non-aquatics, so i have removed it. I can find anything about the fern thing at the back, but have not seen anything like it in any plant guides, so i am presuming it is also non-aquatic. As for the grass type stuff i have no idea.
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ok, i have determined that the one at the front right is definately a non-aquatics, so i have removed it. I can find anything about the fern thing at the back, but have not seen anything like it in any plant guides, so i am presuming it is also non-aquatic. As for the grass type stuff i have no idea.
Close-up pics will help.:) There are plants which are commonly sold as aquatic plants but are not truly aquatic such as Dracaena and the so-called bamboo plants. As previously stated, they will not thrive for long and will rot in your tank causing ammonia spikes.

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post #25 of 32 Old 11-18-2006, 02:47 PM
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it might pay divedend to pay extra for potted specimens at the start- this way you can trust what you are buying to be aquarium plants. Tropica is an excellent brand. Once you are familiar with plant species you can go bargain hunting in those tanks with cheap cuttings :) its amazing what treasures you can find for cheap pennies! ;)

Oh yes and close up pics of any problems are a great help- try using a macro setting with noflash, and a pile of books if needed to keep the camera steady!
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post #26 of 32 Old 11-18-2006, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, managed to get a few pics:
The grass type stuff:



And the fern (ignore thread, just an experiment):



I have just today got a nutrafin co2 system going, but after a water test i discovered my Kh levels were down to around the 1-2 mark and i have a CO2 output of about 27ppm. Do i need to do something about my kh levels?
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KH needs to be 3 or higher, this is both for the CO2 levels and the fact the KH prevents major stress from pH swiongs that can happen from CO2 injection. You can add a little KH with Bkaing Soda or add some crushed coral for a slower raise and a steadier KH level. The grass looks to be some kind of Vals, very much aquatic. The fern, I don't think so. It looks really good but it almost definately not aquatic.
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post #28 of 32 Old 11-18-2006, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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ok, thanks, how much baking soda should i add?
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Can't help you there, I don't have a clue. You might want to wait and see what your KH goes to with injection first, it could and actually should go up a little as levels become stable. If not then I hope someone will let you know how much. I would just make a mix of water and baking soda and add it very slowly until I reach target levels, testing after about an hour after each small dose. Better to get the advice you need instead of just experimenting.
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The fern, I don't think so. It looks really good but it almost definately not aquatic.
You're right. I encountered that before and since then, I've been warning my friends not to buy that plant which is commonly available in their place and often sold as "aquarium plants". One less of an aquatic plant and it rots in the tank sooner than you can expect. But then it's best to avoid false aquatic plants as they are a waste of money.:)

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