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post #11 of 15 Old 02-24-2013, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
I don't use ferts of any kind and I have my lights on a timer. They're on from 8-11AM and 5-9PM.
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post #12 of 15 Old 02-24-2013, 07:34 PM
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The recent switch of substrates will have upset the balance so things need time to re-establish. Algae frequently has the advantage at such times, so this is natural.

Thinking long-term, your light periods are fine. But you may need to add some nutrients for the plants. In the photo is a sword plant, and these are heavy feeders. How many plants and what types are they?

A complete liquid fertilizer is the first step, and often the only one necessary. I use Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive Supplement; once a week or twice, depending upon the response of the plants. Seachem make several products in the Flourish line so make sure this is the one you get, if you do. Another product that is much the same is Brightwell Aquatics' FlorinMulti.

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I have 8 Amazon Swords planted throughout the tank and around a half dozen stems of Anacharis floating.
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I have 8 Amazon Swords planted throughout the tank and around a half dozen stems of Anacharis floating.
The liquid fertilizer I mentioned previously is advisable. For swords, substrate tabs like Flourish Tabs are also good, but with or without these the liquid is still necessary because some nutrients are taken up via the leaves and substrate fertilizers don't provide this.

This will also work against algae, as the plants will use the nutrients and light to out-compete. I can see evidence in the leaves in the earlier photo of nutrient deficiency, so this should help.

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Thank you. I'll be sure to pick up the fertilizer.
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