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post #11 of 16 Old 09-14-2010, 04:10 PM
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I'm using seachems flourish.
Good one, about the best in my humble opinion. Once a week? After a week or two, if the plants don't improve (new growth), try twice weekly. First does the day following a water change (the conditioners that detoxify heavy metals will negate micro-nutrients in Flourish for 24 hours), the second 2-3 days after that.

I mention new growth because existing leaves that yellow will never recover. Check the new growth, the leaves that emerge from the centre of the crown, if they remain lush and green, all's well. On this same note, if the yellowing leaves were those on the plant when you got it, that may be the explanation.

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post #12 of 16 Old 09-23-2010, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
I've got some root tabs for the plants && am adding more seachem's now.
Idrk how to measure the plant food out though - I don't have anything with a small enough measure at the moment so I just have to guess. O:)
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post #13 of 16 Old 09-23-2010, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
also going back to the cardinals - they are obviously still alive so they must be eating but they're still not eating all that much of the food.
They're small fish so I guess they can't eat much but I'm putting in half a flake every other day.. does that sounds too little?
I think they might be eating the algae instead.
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I've got some root tabs for the plants && am adding more seachem's now.
Idrk how to measure the plant food out though - I don't have anything with a small enough measure at the moment so I just have to guess. O:)
Don't overdose, that can cause problems. I use a half-teaspoon from the kitchen measuring spoon set. Keep it just for fish. I have a 1 teaspoon and a 1/2 teaspoon. Also use them for feeding flake, granule and tablet foods, much easier than shaking out of the packages.

A 1/2 tsp is 2.5 ml, so one of these treats 30 gallons (Flourish liquid).

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post #15 of 16 Old 09-25-2010, 04:10 AM Thread Starter
I know but I need about 1/8 of a teaspoon & that's quite difficult to judge.

I fed them a bit more yesterday and gave them a long time to eat it - they seemed quite hungry but didn't want to leave the bottom of the tank for very long so they'd wait until the food floated down in front of them.
They weren't so shy when I got them.
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I know but I need about 1/8 of a teaspoon & that's quite difficult to judge.

I fed them a bit more yesterday and gave them a long time to eat it - they seemed quite hungry but didn't want to leave the bottom of the tank for very long so they'd wait until the food floated down in front of them.
They weren't so shy when I got them.
Cardinals are very reclusive fish; they do not light bright light so if there is no floating plant cover they will often behave this way as they are trying to escape the light. Especially new fish. I have a shoal in my 115g that I've had for 2 years, and while they will come to the surface to feed, the rest of the day never; they remain down among the plants, and at the end farthest from the filter outflow (no current).

On the fert, I would use a 1/4 tsp not quite full. I do this in my 10g.

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