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post #1 of 5 Old 02-04-2013, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Plants not thriving

This is my first planted tank, and I am having problems with the plant, This is a 29gl newley cycled tank. I have about 10 plants currently they keep sprouting new stalks but the older leaves are brownish almost burnt looking. I talked to the owner at my lfs who has more plants then any other store in my area. He said that I should avoid using water conditioner because it is blocking the leaves receptors. He claims that he does not condition his water at the store at all. We are on the same city water grid so it is the same water for me as it is for him. However i am nervous about not using the conditioner even if I let the water sit out for a couple days in buckets. Any thoughts or suggestions to help get my plants flourishing? I would appreiciate it. Side note: parameters are all reading 0, water temp 80, running a T5 6700k. I have been using stresscoat+ for water conditioning and flourish (recomended by the lfs owner) for plant food.
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-04-2013, 03:24 PM
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Hey mate and welcome. I think we have the same problem. A few questions for you.
1. What is your current stocking level?
2. How long do you have the lights on for?
3. Type of plants? Is it affecting certain types only?
4. Do you have the figures for GH, KH and PH?
5. What is the specific flourish product? ( on the bottle)
6. How often do you dose the ferts?
7. Does the brown stuff wipe of if you clean the leaves?
8. How often do you change the water? And how much?

I'm sorry as it is a Lot of questions. But info is power. Sounds like diatoms. I'm still fighting it and I would assume to many nutrients, on particular phosphates. If you have the space maybe oto cats or cherry shrimp could assist. Otherwise clean or remove the leaves and do water-changes to remove them from the water column.

I'm no expert, hopefully some one else will chime in and offer some more assistance.

Good luck
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-04-2013, 03:26 PM
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What is your GH of your water?? I haven't heard of conditioners blocking the leaves preceptors. I use water conditioner that handles Ammonia and chlorine because that's what I have in my Tap water. Never had issues with my plants from it. Is your T5 normal output bulbs or high output bulbs? How many bulbs? How long are they on for?? What plants do you have? Can you post a pic of them?
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-05-2013, 08:42 AM
Give the plants some time to acclimate. Old leave will die off but as long as your seeing healthy new growth I wouldn't worry that much.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-05-2013, 11:43 AM
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JS1221, as this is I believe the first time I have posted in a thread of yours, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

As others have noted, we need more data. Including the plant species; this may be "normal," or it may not. A photo of the plant and of the tank might also help.

On the "reason" the store employee offered, this is the first time I have come across it, and I can see where it is coming from, but I also don't think it is likely or most of us who use conditioners which contain some form of fish stress protector/slime coat replenisher would have dying plants, and we don't.


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