Originally Posted by KendraMc
i have a few java ferns, some new water sprite, and some wisteria. the java ferns look ok, the water sprite is too new to be failing too badly, but the wisteria is not doing well. about half of it has died. i also had some jungle val, which died, but that i blame on my swordtails eating it down to nothing.
i have low light (i'm using whatever bulb it is that came with the kit i started with, so i know it isn't anything nice), hard water, high pH, and use Plant Gro Iron Enriched liquid fert by nutrafin after my weekly water changes. the tank has fish in it.
i use bottled drinking water. using tap water is not an option for me (last time i did almost all of my fish died and the fact that i'm across the street from a Pfizer pharmaceuticals plant is the only cause i could come up with). it was suggested at some point in one of my other threads that this might be the problem, that some of the nutrients the plants need might not be provided.
does anyone have suggestions on what might be missing and how i can add it to the tank?
Will assume the stock lighting fixture came with one 24 inch T8 bulb.
A full spectrum bulb with 5000 to 67000 K(kelvin)rating will provide enough light for most low light plant's.Could maybe find one at lowes or similar place.
Lighting should be for eight to ten hours for plant's and with one bulb,,I might go for ten hours and reduce to eight if algae becomes a problem.
Would see that surface disturbance at the top of the tank is kept to minimum by raising the water level to reduce splashing or water fall effect from return of filter,,or install canister filter.
Would maybe consider product ..Osmocote time release fertilizer found at maybe lawn or garden store or walmart.
This product contains macronutrient;s and can be placed in substrate near plant's and replaced every couple months or maybe longer depending on what plant's are doing.
Product is comprised of little B-B size pellet's and i have used them for a while now with no issues with regards to fish.
I take an empty ice cube tray and place ten or twelve pellet's in each cube and then fill the tray with water and freeze.
Once frozen,,you can /should, push these quickly(melt fast in aquarium ) deep into substrate near the plant's.
For 29 gallon.. I would not use more than three total. This product contains macronutrient's and this along with what you are using (micronutrient's),, should help with growth In my view.