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post #11 of 35 Old 11-21-2006, 10:28 PM
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If this a 10 gallon tank then yes you can dose nitrates and probably need to as well as almost everything else. I would start with pottasium and nitrates for certain as this sounds like a shortage of possibly both. daose lightly until you find the plants are responding. Then tweak them if you don't see much growth. Don't forget the water changes! Weekly if you can.

The main thing, don't give up! We will help you find the problem and correct it. It takes time and can be a headache but it is well worth it.

Ok, crypt rot is normal in a changing tank, I have had it happen 6 times with same crypt and now it is huge and GEORGEOUS!
I also forgot one key thing, in all planted tanks you need a micro fertilizers, Seachem Flourish, Leafzone, CSM+B, anything that will provide iron and other needed traces. This could also be a trace deficiency especially with the droopy stems.
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post #12 of 35 Old 11-21-2006, 10:31 PM
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Hi fish_4_all.

It was 20 gallons, not 10.:) Glad you could help Sarah.

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Awesome!!! Thanks!!!
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post #14 of 35 Old 11-21-2006, 10:38 PM
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DOH, missed that, you need more light for Wisteria. 0.75 watts/gallon won't grow it unless you have an absolutely perfect tank and do perfcet dosing which I can't even come close to.

At that lighting, you can grow crypts, anubias and other really low light plants but not much else. To grow wisteria you really need at least 1.5 w/g. Is it a possibility to upgrade your lighting?

It is odd but plants will thrive for a time because they will live off their reserves but when they are gone they won't do well and will basically fall apart.

There are easy ways to upgrade lighting if you have a second hood, maybe a hood with sockets for screw in bubls where you can use 2, 20-25 watt compact flourescent screw in bulbs, making sure they are 6500K. I use a 48 inch shop fixture over my two 10 gallon tanks and i can grow just about anything. They are only $20-25 and would give you about 5 w/g of light which on a 20 gallon gives you medium to medium high light depending on if it is a long or tall 20 gallon.

If you can I would recommend upgrading the lighting. I hate to see someone get excited about plants and then submit to low light plants and hate their tanks because they don't grow plants. Let me know what you can find and i can do whatever i can to get you the light you need and the advice you need to grow plants quickly and if you want, as easily as possible.
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Yes I can definitely upgrade the light!!! Do I just need a new bulb to fit my hood or will I really need a new hood too? It'll be a couple weeks b4 I can get one...the hood I have now you just pop in the bulb.
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It will only take 15 watt bulbs unfortunatley. Until you can gte another fixture, do you have a desk lamp, a reading lamp or any light that you can out a screw in compact flourescent in? If you do, get a 25 watts 6500k bulb and place it over the tank, in front of it or wherever it seems to give the most light on the wisteria.

Before you get a new light, what are you looking for as far as growth? mild and noticeable/ medium to fast/ wild and trim every other day?
Can you afford to buy a fairly lagre amount of fertilizers? I know a site that you can get enough fertilizers of everything you ned for about $40 with shipping and that will last over a year, some of it lasting 2-4 years.

Let me know what you really want and we can try to get you there with the least painful headache.
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A new hood isn't really necessary. It is if it fits only one light tube. Oh that reminds me. Was it bulb or tube?:) I prefer tubes as they can cover almost the whole area of your tank.:)

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Unfortunately I can't afford much right now...I'm a nursing student with no job at the moment...BUT I have a shop I get my stuff at and they give me really good deals because I'v spent SO much money there in the past.
If I know what I need to get I'm sure I can find it there.

It's a tube and goes from one end of the tank to the other!
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Oh ok.:) Good luck. Let us know if you got additional light tube.

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Ok, 15 watts. Is this a 20 tall or long? What are the dimensions of the top?
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