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Old 10-23-2009, 11:10 PM   #11
 
i just ask the make and model because you wouldnt want to be running a light ment for a marine aquarium and a light with high red and blue output would be best as this is the type of light the plants absorb
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:45 PM   #12
 
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i just ask the make and model because you wouldnt want to be running a light ment for a marine aquarium and a light with high red and blue output would be best as this is the type of light the plants absorb
True and not true, plants are "More sensitive" to red and blue but will grow just fine in any color spectrum, a plant under "Designer -Glo" bulbs will grow just the same as a plant under a "household floro". Kelvin nowadays is more of a sales pitch than a actual fact. So to sum it up you can use any light you want as long as the wattage is enough for what you are grwoing. in terms of java fern i gurantee what you have is more than fone for them.
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Old 10-26-2009, 05:17 PM   #13
 
I use a java fern in my 30 gallon. Feel like I couldn't kill the thing with a shotgun. Has baby plants on all leaves and is growing well. I use no CO2, stock 35w 24" bulb and even have a bubbler. I have NEVER fertilized this plant at all. Last night during weekly pwc I did separate a few of the plantlets and tie then to driftwood with small zipties.

My other plant is a Amazon Sword and that is another story. Without fertilizer it would croak and rather quickly.

Java fern will grow in almost no light and minimal care. Darn thing is doing so well im worried there arent enough nitrates to keep it fed :) my Nitrates float between 10ppm to 40ppm but usually at the lower end of the scale.

If its dying I would be suspicous of your water conditioner your using during waterchanges. I switched to Prime about 2 weeks ago and my plants did perk up. Was using StartRight and I dont think the plants much liked the added aloe in that product.
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Old 10-26-2009, 07:12 PM   #14
 
I doubt aloe is causing the plants to die, I use prime and my plants are thriving!
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:04 PM   #15
 
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I doubt aloe is causing the plants to die, I use prime and my plants are thriving!

That was my point. I use Prime NOW and they are fine. with StartRight (which has a large amount of aloe in it) they were not so happy.
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:07 PM   #16
 
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That was my point. I use Prime NOW and they are fine. with StartRight (which has a large amount of aloe in it) they were not so happy.
I used to use tress coat which contains aloe, and my plants were also fine, there is no scientific evidence to suggest aloe benefits fish or affects plants.
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