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Sqbear46 12-21-2012 12:56 PM

My new plants are dying already?
 
I bought 3 Annubis plants 2wks ago and the leaves are already turning brown, I touched one and it crumbled. I was told to not put the roots all the way into the sand.

I have also just brought a plant light, I'm still trying to figure out how to set the timer. But I do keep the tank lights on for an hour everyday. I have been giving the plants plant food 2x's per week.

Help!

Bluewind 12-21-2012 12:59 PM

Just an hour!?! They need 8 hours minimum hun. Fish or plant.

The rule of thumb is tanks need a minmum of 8 hours of light and 8 hours of darkness everyday. What to do with the remaining time is up to you. If you turn the light off after dark and have fish, simulate sunset by turning off the tank light, but leaving on a nice room light (like a ceiling light) for about 30 minutes so the fishs' eyes can adjust.
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Sqbear46 12-21-2012 01:13 PM

Thanks, in all the years I've had tanks this is the 1st time I've ever had live plants. Now to get this timer to work, the instructions are lousy!

Boredomb 12-21-2012 04:25 PM

I have always been told 6 hrs minimum of light for plants. I had my 55 gallon running with that duration for awhile. Every tank is different and one has to figure out what hours works best for their tank. Too short of a time period and the plants won't thrive and aglae can take hold. Too long of a period and algae can take Ahold again. The trick is findings the happy balance where plants thrive and algae barely survives. What kind of plants do you have also what type of fertilizer are you using??

Sqbear46 12-21-2012 04:45 PM

I have Annubis plants, I'm using Flourish Seachem.
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Boredomb 12-21-2012 05:01 PM

The Flourish comprehensive??? If Anubias plants is all you have I would just dose once a week and up your time period.
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Sqbear46 12-22-2012 12:14 PM

Yes that's the kind I use.
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