plant help - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 04-10-2007, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
Banned
 
plant help

ive got a very leafy plant that supposed to grow like a weed ive had it around 2 months and its gone all brown on the top leaves and took kind of hairy ive gone through a few plants but i never seem to keep them long and they look terrible i have standard lighting just a single strip flouresent light and a black plastic top i will be getting a glass top but in the meantime how can i get better growth from my plants (that doesnt cost money)?
Enzo is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 04-10-2007, 09:17 PM
Member
 
squiggles1's Avatar
 
most plants need a fair amount of light to be happy. u could get a piece of shiny metal and make it into a reflector so at least the bulb you have would be more effective. (i know u said no money but u can get metal really cheap at most home repair/improvment type stores. we built a lite fixture out of ventilation pipe and it only cost like 10 dollars or less for the metal i think. u culd make a diy co2 thing so at least ur plants r getting a fair amount of 1 thing they need. these are also very cheap (under 10 dollars cdn).
squiggles1 is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 04-10-2007, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
Banned
 
i just noticed or tested or what ever my nitratye ppm is actually zero the yellow indecator is 0 red is really hi but mine is almost green which is odd because i have lots of fish crap and shiny metal as in tin foil?
Enzo is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 04-11-2007, 08:07 AM
Member
 
squiggles1's Avatar
 
well actually tinfoil doesnt wrk as great as u would think cause it scatters the light a bit to much. but if u get a thin piece of metal that is shiny it would work. u could rub it a bit to make it more shiny. it is kind of weird that the nitrates r reading zero. i know plants can use them if they are really thriving but if ur plants not then thats prob not the case. r u using the test with the drops in a test tube? ive heard other tests can b inaccurate.
squiggles1 is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 04-11-2007, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
Banned
 
ya im using test tubes
Enzo is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 04-16-2007, 05:42 AM
New Member
 
A way to save some money when working for lighting..

Hey there,
Even i'm going in for a planted tank and the first thing i made sure was the lighting...it is very important for the plants to have adequate lighting. I went out n got 2 additional tubes for my tank (Osram fluoro L 36W/77)...they say it is specifically for plants(colour spectrum)...costed me Rs400 per tube (approx 9$)....
Also since i didnt want to spend much..i got only the ballast for the tube without the stand for the tube and instead of the normal stand i used metal wires wrapped with rubber/plastic to hold the tubes securely in place (wires are the metal ones used for hanging clothes to dry)...this way i can even adjust the position the 3 tubes i have in my tank!
Also for reflector i used cardboard, aluminium foil and transparent clinging film to make my reflector...(i guess u get the idea here)
However i would recommend u to use a thicker foil to make sure it lasts longer...(i've hrd these reflectors work for bout 3-4 months if maintained/handled properly...i added the transparent clinging flim to make sure there is not much damage to the foil by neones fingernails and stuff....The makeshift reflector didnt cost me more than 1$
saxenamohitm is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Algae on plant leaves, harmful to plant? poolman84 Beginner Planted Aquarium 14 03-09-2010 11:31 AM
Identify plant and suggestions on plant arrangements saulat Beginner Planted Aquarium 3 06-22-2009 08:04 PM
ATTN Plant Xperts.....Need plant help (newbie ?) bigk_54 Beginner Planted Aquarium 10 09-09-2008 09:13 AM
plant Q: Enzo Beginner Planted Aquarium 8 05-17-2007 12:24 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome