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candicelee 04-15-2009 07:15 PM

baby tear plant not doing good?
I bought a baby tear plant and I don't thing it's doing very well. When I bought it (about a week ago) it was very bushy and over grown, it was potted. It;s been loosing alot of leaves and branches, I planted it in the gravel. The sides of the plant are covered in roots sould I ancor the branches down?

I bought some new plant light bulbs but they seem dimmer than the original white ones I had on there, is that normal? These ones are blue tinted.


Any info will help, were new to this!

Cody 04-15-2009 07:39 PM

How many watts is this lighting?
Kelvin rating?
How often do you dose CO2?

Baby tear plants are medium-light plants. This means you should have a kelvin rating of at least 5500k, better yet 6500k and not higher than 6700k, with at least 5W per gallon IMO. You need a constant source of CO2 as well. I have never seen this plant grow well in regular gravel as well.

Blaxicanlatino 04-16-2009 09:52 AM

some would say that baby tears need VERY high lighting in order to be at its best. ALong with what Cody said, newly introduced plants tend to die off a bit when introduced to a new environment.

candicelee 04-16-2009 10:16 AM

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Umm... I'm not sure what kelvin is? The're 15W/120V Incandescent bulbs. I haven't ever used CO2 or fertilizer, I've been looking for it some but no one in my town carries any. Are there any household thing I could put in the tank to help?
I've attatched a picturer of the lights I'm using now.

Cody 04-16-2009 04:42 PM

These plants are as good as dead if you don't get CO2 and proper lighting ASAP. Proper lighting + CO2 for this plant alone will be $100+.

You can't grow anything but algae with incandescent bulbs.

No household items will help.

Kelvin is basically the color/temperature of light a bulb gives out. You need 5500k-6700k, and at least 5WPG, if not more.

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