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Dane 11-23-2013 09:34 PM

Growing plants
Have several plants in my tank, just hardy grasses not sure of the names. I'm just looking for a good way to have them grow fast and big. Not looking to get into co2.

Rodeo one 11-23-2013 09:53 PM

What type of lights do u have & what ferts do u use?

Dane 11-24-2013 03:47 AM

I have a fluorescent bulb that says it's for plants and aquariums, and I haven't used any ferts because I'm not sure what to use. I have a pool filter sant substrate.

Rodeo one 11-24-2013 08:54 AM

Not sure what grasses need specifically , but for planted tanks, you can use Seachem Flourish, Excell & Iron. A lot of people use dry ferts, just do a search here. Rivercats especially has written a lot of info about them.

flitabout 11-24-2013 06:13 PM

Can you post a pick? That will help us to identify your plants and let you know what you need.

Dane 11-24-2013 08:12 PM

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In just the last two days my plants are looking very bad. The tips are dying.

flitabout 11-24-2013 11:52 PM

They're cypts and it is very normal for it to do that any time they are moved or have a change in water conditions. It's called melting. They will grow back quickly. But they are heavy root feeders so you will need to get them root tabs

Dane 11-26-2013 10:51 AM

Cool thank you. Do you know of any other hardy plants I can use

flitabout 11-26-2013 10:59 AM

What is your lighting? It helps to know what your level of lighting is to get you plants that will thrive in your set up.

Dane 11-27-2013 07:28 AM

I'm not sure I just got a fluorescent 24" bulb from Home Depot that said it was for plans and aquariums. How do you tell the level of lighting?

Super_Blueberry 11-27-2013 08:52 AM

The bulb or the package it came it should have all the specs:
-t5, t8, etc
-28 watts, 40 watts, etc
-4500k, 6500k, etc

With that info we can determine your light level and be better help

Dane 11-27-2013 02:01 PM

It says 20 watts 600 lumens and T12

Super_Blueberry 11-28-2013 06:09 PM

If it's the typical purple'ish color I don't think it will for for plants. Try and find out if it's a 6500k color temp which would be ideal

Dane 11-28-2013 07:44 PM

It has a dull orange color with 2700k

Super_Blueberry 11-28-2013 08:41 PM

Yea, you want to bring that back and get a 6500k (daylight) bulb for better results

Dane 11-28-2013 10:38 PM

Cool thank you I will get a new bulb this weekend

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