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BORGUSX 10-01-2008 05:43 PM

How do you take place of your plants?
Well, I haven't use my light in a long tine because I thought since my tank is near the windows that it will get sunlight and by the way, I do have algae growing on the glass of the tank!

PH is unknown right now I don't have a test kit!
Freshwater Tank

The tank is establish for at least 2 years or more!

The plants that I have are:Aqua Fern Plants, Kyoto Grass Plants and other plants that I forgot the names of!

The problem is that some of their leaves are losing color as in that they look transparent and rotting, so how am I able to maintain a healthy plant?

Kim 10-01-2008 08:35 PM

Light is really important, it will help your plants utilize more nutrients which means that there will be less for the algae to use = less algae. I would just turn the light on and see if your plants do better. How big is the tank, and how many watts is the light?

BORGUSX 10-01-2008 09:09 PM

The tank is about 35 gallons, but what watts do you recommend for the light? In addition, I have to go check the watts of the light that my dad brought for the tank!

fish_4_all 10-02-2008 11:02 AM

It sounds like there is a light and/or nutrient problem with the tank.

Let us know the wattage when you find out and what type of lighting it is. Also, we need to know what kind of plants to help the best.

Do you dose anything for the plants as far as fertilizers or nutrients?

BORGUSX 10-02-2008 12:03 PM

I think it say 30 Watts, but I don't know what type of light it is, but if you guys list me the types and describe each one, then I can give a response! The plants that are affected the most are Peacock Fern Plants! The other plants that are slightly affected Aqua Fern Plants, White Ribbon Plants, and Kyoto Grass Plants!

fish_4_all 10-02-2008 12:16 PM

No flourescent: 2 connector ends, long tube.
PC flourescent: one connector end with 2-8 prongs
Incandescent: normal old filament light (worthless)
Spiral compact flourescent: spiraled screw in type light bulb.

All of them need to have the right Kelvin rating and high lumens. Anything over 5500 to 9000K is fine for plants.

Click on the site and tell us which light you have.

BORGUSX 10-02-2008 01:14 PM

I think it is no flourescent, but the light tube is connected to its cover and it says 30 watts, but I don't know how many kelvins there are!

Kim 10-02-2008 02:03 PM

Well, depending on the plants they may need more light. I am not familiar with the types of plants that you have, but you have less than 1 watt per gallon for them. Moderate lighting is considered to be 2 watts per gallon. What kind of substrate do you have, and do you use any ferts?

BORGUSX 10-02-2008 02:07 PM

What do you mean by substrate? I did use some ferts, but I can't find them anymore in the gravel, so I put some of them slightly cover by the gravel!

Kim 10-02-2008 02:10 PM

Substrate is just what kind of stuff you have on the bottom of your tank. I just wanted to know if you were using a plant gravel such as eco-complete. If you just have plain gravel, then the root tabs are the way to go.

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