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Old 04-04-2011, 01:25 PM   #11
 
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Thanks, now I know why the Wisteria is dying. This plant needs light, and a desk lamp will not provide it. A light over the tank, as in the new hood you mention, is better. But before I get to that, I would forget the Wisteria. You have a lot of fast-growing and large plants for a 10g. You do realize the Jungle Val (Giant Vallisneria) will get large, like 3-4+ feet long leaves? In a 10g I would have the corkscrew vallisneria, check out the profile (click on the shaded name, both valls are in our profiles now) if you have basic, harder water; pygmy chain sword is another good plant and not fussy about water--if the Pennywort is fine, so will the sword be.

In a 10g, the Brazilian Pennywort will be fine, with regular trimming. It also makes a superb floating plant. Again, check our profile.

To the light. The best bulb would be a compact fluorescent daylight with a kelvin rating of 6500K. GE make these, you can buy them in hardware stores for a couple dollars. Get the 10w Daylight, 6500K bulb, one or two (fixture probably has two bulbs?). Attached is a photo of my 10g with two 10w GE Daylight bulbs. I have Pennywort floating in this tank, and tons of pygmy chain sword.

Fertilizer is the other issue. Wisteria being fast growing needs a lot of "food" or nutrients. Some are present from tap water (calcium, iron perhaps, etc), some from organics. But not likely anywhere enough for such fast growing plants and with so many in a small tank, nutrients will be scarce anyway. A good investment, along with the bulbs, would be a small bottle of Flourish Comprehensive Supplement. Once a week, a 1/4 teaspoon in a 10g is all you use. It will make quite a difference.

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Old 04-04-2011, 01:40 PM   #12
 
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I'll have to get back to you on the hood details because it's not where I am at the moment. There's a Petsmart trip in the works for two weeks from now so if there's anything that would help me out feel free to list it now. All I have near me are Walmarts and one Earl May. Does Petsmart usually carry Flourish?
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:46 PM   #13
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:54 PM   #14
 
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Agree, they do. Aside from Flourish Comprehensive (make sure it is the Comprehensive, there are several products in the "Flourish" line) and the hardware-store bulbs, I think you're fine. Look for the corkscrew vall or pygmy chain sword at Petsmart, one plant of either will do you. They will be better in a 10g along with the Pennywort you have.

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Old 04-04-2011, 02:00 PM   #15
 
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I have Moneywort and Hornwort... isn't Pennywort something different?
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:11 PM   #16
 
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I have Moneywort and Hornwort... isn't Pennywort something different?
Yes, sorry, got mixed up. Moneywort is a common name for Lysimachia nummularia, also a stem plant. Sometimes commonly called Creeping Jenny too.
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:16 PM   #17
 
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I got the jungle val because it was a dollar and the corkscrew val was sold out. I love the look of corkscrew though. Hornwort is probably my favorite out of what I have now.
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:47 PM   #18
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Look for the corkscrew vall or pygmy chain sword at Petsmart, one plant of either will do you. They will be better in a 10g along with the Pennywort you have.

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i've never found a plant at PetSmart called Pygmy Chain Sword? is there a different name they might use, like Narrow Leaf Chain Sword or Micro Sword? cuz i've bought those from PetSmart and currently have them in my tanks.
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i've never found a plant at PetSmart called Pygmy Chain Sword? is there a different name they might use, like Narrow Leaf Chain Sword or Micro Sword? cuz i've bought those from PetSmart and currently have them in my tanks.
The narrow leaf sword is pygmy chain sword. Micro sword I suspect is the different plant, Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, and actually quite different in requirements (light).
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:41 PM   #20
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the narrow leaf chain swords that i got from petsmart have a feature that isn't represented in the pic in the Pygmy Chain Sword profile. it has some kind of seeds or buds that are on leaf-less stems that stick out higher than all the regular leaves. what is that about?
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