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Plumkin 01-27-2011 12:52 AM

I need help!
So I just ordered a bunch of plants for my 75 gallon fish tank the plants I ordered are.


Saggitaria Chilensis x3


Chain Sword Narrow Leaf x1

Banana Live Aquatic Plant x1


RED CRYPT Wendtii Potted x1

my light in my 30 gallon with the platns i hae in it ... is a salt water light it has that violet look to it and my plants THRIVE in that tank there diong amazing have the whole back tank with bubbles..

but for my 75 I just have the basic light that came with it I had put some of my plants in there and they didn't last to long started to get yellow and some black fuzz on them..

Im not sure if you buy one of these Rhinox Bubble Counter - CO2 Diffuser Aquarium C02 Tank - eBay (item 250305233512 end time Feb-23-11 23:56:14 PST)

and hook it up to your air pump [so insted of having your bubbles you have this] and use that for the plants or what lighting I should have or what should I do to keep my new plants to be thriving and amazing like the ones I have in my 30 gallon. Im still very new to plants I just go oh thats a cute plant plants in gravel.. AMAZING! :3 .. yeah... :)

Mikaila31 01-27-2011 01:21 AM

Thats a CO2 diffuser, not a airstone. I would bet $10 if you attached that to your airline your airpump would be dead within a week and you probably would not get any bubbles either...

To start with take your airpump completely off your tank, it has no purpose except to make annoying bubbles. Your 75gallon will probably need a different hood to be able to support all those plants.

Byron 01-27-2011 10:37 AM


but for my 75 I just have the basic light that came with it I had put some of my plants in there and they didn't last to long started to get yellow and some black fuzz on them..
Light is the single most important item for a planted tank. Your fixture is probably going to work with the right tube/bulbs, so can you tell us what type it is (fluorescent with tube(s) or incandescent with screw-in bulbs, and how many of whichever?

And, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping.:wave:


Plumkin 01-27-2011 12:57 PM

the bulb I have in it is

Natural Daylight


its just the one buble that fits in the hood

redchigh 01-27-2011 01:25 PM

Most of those plants should be ok as long as you go out and buy a 6500k "daylight" bulb that fits your fixture.

Unfortunately, that purple cabomba is beautiful, but will turn green. (Have to have high light and pressurised CO2 to keep it purple, and that would mean a new hood ($75-$120), a real CO2 setup ($600-$1200), and daily fertilisation ($1-$20 per week) and you have a risk of something going wrong and killing your fish.

I like low tech, it's all I do. Have to accept that some plants won't grow too well though. The others should do wonderfully however.

I'm also not positive the chain sword will do too great... Dwarf sag does well in low light.

Also, if you think that tank with the blue light is doing good, swap it with 6500k and dose with Flourish Comprehensive once a week, remove the bubbles, and you'll really see some growth.

I think you have a bizarre balance in your other tank- but the balance works for you. The blue light isn't hardly much light for plants... And the Airstone gets rid of most of the CO2, which plants need, and you don't dose with fertilisers I assume... but all three together seems to be working, albeit temporarily.

MrEd 01-27-2011 01:28 PM

Plumkin, looks like you did buy from mikeswetpets! you will be very happy with his plants, I'm sure!

Plumkin 01-27-2011 01:49 PM

thank you red for all of that information I'm about to go to the pet store and pick up some new stuff :)!

and yea I did thank you for reccomending him! his plants are so nice, I'm still a lil iffy if they will make it here alive since im in frozen Wisconsin... be in the -'s here lately :\

Byron 01-27-2011 03:17 PM

I suspect your tube is fine, as redchigh said, 6500K or at least between 6000K and 7000K is best, and the "daylight" is probably that.

Also agree on plants being fine under the light, with possible exception the cabomba, same reasons redchigh noted.


Plumkin 01-27-2011 04:13 PM

Okay so I just got home from the pet store got some Flourish for plant food since thats what they had .. oh I just noticed thats what you said lol!! and then they did not have the light you suggested but I got the Power-glo 40W T8 k 18,000 super bright awuarium bulb says on it good for freshwater awuariums, saltwer , coral , invertebrates, planted ones, the owner uses this on her planted tank also so Its looking pretty nice right now :) and then I saw some tetra's had to buy them also .. Now I just have to wait to recive my plants sometime next week when would you reccomend using the Flourish and what should I do when I get my plants let them float in the bags a bit or?

Calmwaters 01-27-2011 04:31 PM

If I were you, which I am not, I would take that bulb back and go to Lowes, Home Depot, or Walmart and get the 6500 daylight bulb it will be a lot cheaper and work great.

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