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Old 11-07-2006, 11:31 PM   #1
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First plants I got to turn red.....

Here's some plants I finally got to turn red.

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10G tank, 2 25W CF bulbs, CO2 run into the HOB filter intake.
Temp: 79
ph 6.8 after CO2
kh 70
gh 140
Dose minimal nitrates, phosphates, and potassium and traces.
Weekly 70% PWC
No fish in tank.
Only livestock is Aquatic Worms, ramshorn snails, pond snails, and MTS.

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Old 11-08-2006, 12:13 AM   #2
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gorgeous!

d they only go red near the surface of the water?
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Yeah i was going to ask.
How do you make a plant go red?
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Very cool, Wolf. Congrats.
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They get red in high light. Also, keeping my nitrates lower is helping, and having no fish, makes dosing more accurate, as you don't have to guess your bioload. And this is under 25W screw-in CF's with CO2 added.

I believe if there was more light, the whole plant will go red. I really don't have what you would call high light. But it is high light at the surface.
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Old 11-08-2006, 01:18 AM   #6
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You say your PH is 6.8 after CO2.
My question is, How does CO2 effect the PH?
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Old 11-08-2006, 01:43 AM   #7
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Great looking reds, congratulations!
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You say your PH is 6.8 after CO2.
My question is, How does CO2 effect the PH?
Injecting CO2 lowers your ph. The higher your CO2 levels, the lower the ph will be. In my 75G, I drive my ph down to about 6.2 with CO2. Same with my 29G. My non-planted tanks are 7.2-7.4 usually, occasionally gets to 7.0. But usually 7.2. Then from there in my planted tanks, the CO2 drives it to 6.2. I've gone a bit lower, but then saw the fish somewhat acting funny, then lowered my CO2 levels back to around 30-50ppm. The fish didn't seem to like it at around 100ppm, lol.
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You say your PH is 6.8 after CO2.
My question is, How does CO2 effect the PH?
CO2 bonds with water atoms (H2O) to form Carbonic Acid (H2CO3) same stuff as in acid rain for the most part! i love Science! 8) at least i think that is probably what is happening
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For shame LWB, you knew you could have done this long ago. Nitrate deprivation causes the affect in most plants. The trick has always been how to balance it so it doesn't bottom out.

Congrats dude, nice job.
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