06-27-2010, 02:40 AM
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I'll have to add a picture tomorrow, but I'm totally confused.
I bought a new plant the other day, and all of the leaves were totally dark green. From the middle though, it's starting to sprout large brown leaves. If they were dead/dying, they wouldn't be increasing in size and my snails are sure to have eaten them by now if not make at least a hole in them.
Does anyone have any insight on what can cause this? Too much/little fertilizer?
I dose Flourish SeaChem liquid 1x/week. I'll see if I can dig the camera up tonight and if not, definitely tomorrow. Also, I can't find a link or anything anywhere, but I have one regular incandesent and a small Life-Glo. It's the type that twists in like a regular light bulb, but I've forgotten how many watts, etc.
06-27-2010, 03:24 AM
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Well, I have a red melon sword and the leaves when they start growing are a really dark redish/brownish color but as they grow out they turn more a greenish red/brown.
You can see here
Red leaves (if yours are just a really red dark brown color), come from high iron, high nutrients, and light I believe. But this is a good sign!
Maybe lowering nutrients/light would help make it become a greener color. Lots of plants are red under high light+nutrients but green under low light.
I think the fertilizer and light is probably fine though I don't think that's causing the "problem" (not really a problem).
But yup! That's all the info I know not sure if that helps you. I'd also let the leaf grow out and see how it looks because like my red melon sword it might lighten up.
06-27-2010, 05:03 PM
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Thanks redchigh, I'd missed the light issue completely.
MustardGas, are they compact fluorescent bulbs? The Life-Glo sounds like it would be. I agree with redchigh, regular ordinary incandescent bulbs generate too much heat and poor light, but the CF bulbs are very good. Something around 6500K (like the Life-Glo will be).
06-27-2010, 11:08 PM
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Byron, you're totally right! They're definitely turning green, and growing so fast! I've only had them for maybe a week, and those two leaves didn't start sprouting until maybe 5 days ago.
I plan to get another Life-Glo, the incandescent is way to pathetic.
One question though.. can a Java Fern have too much light? If I put another bulb in, it won't hurt it, will it?
Here's the pictures:
Oh and here's the light: http://www.petsandponds.com/en/aquar...p16873834.html
Last edited by MustardGas; 06-27-2010 at 11:11 PM..
06-28-2010, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by MustardGas
The bulb I got from Petland Superstore right on Fraser highway on the Surrey-Langley border. I think it was $20.
I got the plant from PetSmart in Langley (locally). I work there and we always get shipments on Wednesdays of a few assorted potted plants. I love seeing what we get in.
My tank's only a 10 gallon with two bettas (divided) and some snails, shrimps, and otos. I'm thinking two Life-Glos would be too much in such a small tank. I have a Marina Stealth Pro heater keeping the tank a steady 80 so the incandescent isn't doing a lot of heat damage.
Thanks for all your help everyone!
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I'm actually in Pitt Meadows, and there is a Petland just across the Pitt River in PoCo, I'll look for that bulb next time I'm in there.
Yes, over a 10g two bulbs might be pushing things. Try them, and see how the plants respond and if algae increases, a sign of too much light beyond what the plants can use in balance with the nutrients. One bulb can always be removed.
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