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Correct Care for Aquatic Plants
Old 07-25-2012, 09:45 PM   #1
 
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Correct Care for Aquatic Plants

Hi all,

I've currently got a three plants in my tank and they are not looking great. It's a 10 GAL tank with one Oranda in. I have a 40 GAL tank ready to use in 2 months when I move but at the moment that tank is too big for my current apartment.

I sadly couldn't tell you what the plants are ... all I know is they were all less than $10 from my local fish store.

They all have black spots and grubby marks on them and from the little that I've read up... it appears to be Algae taking hold.

I feed Lead-Zone once a week but I really don't think I've got a good enough routine with daylight etc. so I'm on the hunt for correct care.

My tank is not ideally placed at the moment... its near a window BUT it never received any direct sunlight AND to make sure that its not over-exposed to natural light i do keep a curtain partially closed during the day.

I found that when the natural light was on the tank I had a Algae build-up on the inside of the tank walls so i've starting shielding it from natural light which has really helped.

I only turn the tank light on for about 3-4 hours a day in the evenings between 5 & 9 when I've got back from work.

I'm moving in a couple of months so when i do i'll find a better spot for the tank that's away from windows but i really need some guidance on caring for the plants and how much light my tank should be getting per day.

Can anyone give me some advice?

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Old 07-25-2012, 09:52 PM   #2
 
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The main issue is light, and then nutrients. Daylight (window) does have problems as you have seen, and as I found out when I did an experimental 10g with window as the sole light. It is possible, but tricky.

To get you started, as we are looking ahead, have a read of my series "A Basic Approach to the Natural Planted Aquarium" that will summarize how all this relates.

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Old 07-25-2012, 10:29 PM   #3
 
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have a read of my series "A Basic Approach to the Natural Planted Aquarium" that will summarize how all this relates.

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Hi Byron, thank you very much for the info - is this the post you are referring to?
It's saying Part 3 at the end of it...

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...um-part-34858/

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Rich
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:31 PM   #4
 
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Hi Byron, thank you very much for the info - is this the post you are referring to?
It's saying Part 3 at the end of it...

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...um-part-34858/

Many Thanks
Rich
Here's the fourth part
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...um-part-34862/

They're all stickied at the top of the "Aquarium Plants" section of the forum. Its a very good read, Byron really knows his stuff about plants
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:32 PM   #5
 
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Thanks Byron - i've found them all now

I will read them as soon as I get home this evening.
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