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Inga 07-22-2010 07:37 PM

This light is amazing!
 
I have been having issues with my Camboba which is one of the first plants I put in my tank and it just wasn't doing much. It didn't really grow and looked brown and dead like an old Pine Tree. I know that the profiles say it needs higher light amounts then some of my other plants so out of desperation I hooked a clamp light to my aquarium and put my bird light in it.

I had the light on for about 4 hours last night and the plant almost immediately looked better. Today I decided that this type of plant was workable in my tank with a little extra love so I got 3 more of them. They looked really rough at the store but they told me I could get a full refund if they didn't make it. I brought them home, planted them and turned on the light. They already are getting nice and green.

I am just so excited. Yes, it is possible that that first plant was struggling and it was coincidence that it chose just when I put the light on it to start looking better but... the new plants all looking better in an hour of that light? I am thrilled with this bit of good news and had to share. These pictures do not do them justice with the flash, they look all bleached out but MAN are the Green in real life. The first one I put in the tank took off growing too. AMAZING!
http://i619.photobucket.com/albums/t...k/new004-1.jpg
See how the top is kind of brown and crappy looking? The whole plant was like that.

Did you notice the other little bonus? I am getting a few chutes of my Narrow leaf which had all but disappeared. I think it is trying to make a rebound. How exciting is that?

aunt kymmie 07-22-2010 08:12 PM

Nothing more exciting than a rebound! I'm glad your tank has given you something to smile about. :-)

Inga 07-22-2010 08:18 PM

LOL Thanks Kymmie. It has been a few days of grumpy news about my tank/fish but today all is right with the world. Well, for everyone but Big Bertha, the Gold Gourami. That poor thing has chronic crabbyitis. Blue is probably getting really sick of her, poor little thing.

I am just so impressed with how fast these plants got green with that light on them. Better yet, what I thought was the left over roots from a dead plant has sprouted one tall chute and 3 small ones. I swear I am sitting here watching them grow. lol

For comparison note the difference in this plant is just a few hours of the light.
http://i619.photobucket.com/albums/t...lants009-1.jpg

aunt kymmie 07-22-2010 08:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Inga (Post 429374)
. Well, for everyone but Big Bertha, the Gold Gourami. That poor thing has chronic crabbyitis. Blue is probably getting really sick of her, poor little thing.

Well, if my name was Big Bertha I'd be crabby too. :lol:

Inga 07-22-2010 08:25 PM

LOL Yeah, the poor little darling. I have a harder time loving her because I think she killed my favorite little Blue fish. I think something might have been wrong with Little Blue but darn it, leave him alone ya big crab grass. She got the name right about that time. If she had a sweeter personality, her name might have been something nicer sounding. lol

JohnnyD44 07-23-2010 09:11 AM

it is pretty cool to watch what a difference lighting can make!

glad things are turning around for you, Inga!

kitten_penang 07-23-2010 09:51 AM

love the new addition to your tank =) hope they grow well.

CSC2334 07-25-2010 10:38 AM

Your Camboba looked gorgeous. I have a Camboba in the new tank too, don't we all love Camboba?! I like the red substrate in your tank; when I setup mine, I was having hard time deciding between red or black substrates. I went for black because DH likes it.

onefish2fish 07-25-2010 10:49 AM

you used your bird light?

why not go with one of those 42w daylight flourescent bulbs? not the spotlight kind, but the twirly flouros

Inga 07-25-2010 11:25 AM

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Originally Posted by onefish2fish (Post 431210)
you used your bird light?

why not go with one of those 42w daylight flourescent bulbs? not the spotlight kind, but the twirly flouros


I only tried the bird light because my bird has long since passed and I had the light. It has made an amazing change. I thought for sure the Camboba was a gonner but nope, It is growing nicely, thick as can be and a beautiful Green color. The bird light did the trick. So much so, that I went and bought 3 more Camboba and it looks even prettier now. :-D


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