Correct Care for Aquatic Plants
I've currently got a three plants in my tank and they are not looking great. It's a 10 GAL tank with one Oranda in. I have a 40 GAL tank ready to use in 2 months when I move but at the moment that tank is too big for my current apartment.
I sadly couldn't tell you what the plants are ... all I know is they were all less than $10 from my local fish store.
They all have black spots and grubby marks on them and from the little that I've read up... it appears to be Algae taking hold.
I feed Lead-Zone once a week but I really don't think I've got a good enough routine with daylight etc. so I'm on the hunt for correct care.
My tank is not ideally placed at the moment... its near a window BUT it never received any direct sunlight AND to make sure that its not over-exposed to natural light i do keep a curtain partially closed during the day.
I found that when the natural light was on the tank I had a Algae build-up on the inside of the tank walls so i've starting shielding it from natural light which has really helped.
I only turn the tank light on for about 3-4 hours a day in the evenings between 5 & 9 when I've got back from work.
I'm moving in a couple of months so when i do i'll find a better spot for the tank that's away from windows but i really need some guidance on caring for the plants and how much light my tank should be getting per day.
Can anyone give me some advice?
The main issue is light, and then nutrients. Daylight (window) does have problems as you have seen, and as I found out when I did an experimental 10g with window as the sole light. It is possible, but tricky.
To get you started, as we are looking ahead, have a read of my series "A Basic Approach to the Natural Planted Aquarium" that will summarize how all this relates.
It's saying Part 3 at the end of it...
They're all stickied at the top of the "Aquarium Plants" section of the forum. Its a very good read, Byron really knows his stuff about plants
Thanks Byron - i've found them all now :-)
I will read them as soon as I get home this evening.
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