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post #1 of 6 Old 03-18-2010, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Seems my plants are growing kinda slow...

Hey everyone.

I got a question about my aquarium...

So I bought plants probably a month ago. I haven't really seen too much growth...

I can understand with the crypts and other root plants needing to get adjusted, but shouldn't the stem plants take off right away if they are going to thrive? Or can they take time to adjust as well? :/

My Rotala indica is doing well in my 10g and has quite a few side-shoots growing now. My hornwort also grows quick in my 10g tank (had to trim a few times because it reached the top... have a lot now!). I know my 10g tank has much more intense light. 2x 10W full spectrum bulbs.

So anyways, the thing is, people've said you need to trim stem plants weekly because they grow so fast? My ludwigia repens and rotala indica have maybe grown 1-2 inches since I got them. Water Wisteria probably 3 inches.

Could it be my hardwater? Will a (few different assortment) of crypts, rotala indica, ludwigia repens, water wisteria, hornwort, dwarf saggitaria, and red melon sword all do ok in hard water?

:S I'm a bit worried. Even though they have not died, they haven't grown either... algae hasn't grown on them, but I'm worried with the slow growth algae might start winning.

I run the lights about 10-12 hours a day. I bought a timer but it didn't work, and walmart was out (AGAIN) of timers so haven't gotten one yet. I keep it about 10-12 hours a day though I think I do a pretty good job.

Please help. Thanks :)

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-18-2010, 01:55 PM
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it could be the hard water I suppose... Not really sure.

Are you talking about your 10G?
Do you use ferts?

I think you should be hesitant to change too much... obviously what you do have is in balance if you don't have any algae...

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post #3 of 6 Old 03-18-2010, 02:06 PM
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Have patience. If the plants are green and not showing signs of deterioration, you're good. Many can't get this far. I've never noticed fast growth in newer tanks. I bought a bunch of Pennywort and it sat there for weeks. Then suddenly, all over the tank. It takes a couple months to settle the biological balance in an aquarium. The main thing is not to fiddle with things while this is settling, or it will just be setback. From the start you do the weekly fertilization, water changes, and let the tank grow into itself.

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post #4 of 6 Old 03-18-2010, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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@Redchich: yup i use ferts in both.

@byron: ok, so stem plants take time to settle in too? Glad to know that. I thought since they didn't have roots they would settle in right away. (: Thanks.

I won't change anything for now I guess we'll see in a month or so (:

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post #5 of 6 Old 03-18-2010, 02:15 PM
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No worries. i'm not seeing much growth yet either and I planted right around when you did. I'm not seeing decaying or dead plants and that's all that matter. Patience my friend, patience (although I'd love to see them explode overnight as well!).
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-18-2010, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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:( I looked a lil closer and the anubias nana has some algae on it... though its in direct light when its not supposed to be so maybe that's why? :X I don't have anywhere else to put it tho so i was just gonna see what happens.

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