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Old 09-15-2019, 09:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just started a new planted tank in April of this year. It's a 40 gal breeder using potting soil. This is my first attempt at keeping both fish and plants alive. Fish seem very happy. Plants seem to be growing like crazy but with a few challenging problems. Hope to find the info I need here to stabilize my system.
PH 7 - 7.5
AMMONIA. 0
NITRITE 0
NITRATE 10 -20
PHOSPHATE 5 TO 10 ppm (this may be what's giving my plants their trouble )

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Old 09-15-2019, 12:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What trouble?
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to APC! Show us some photos of the tank and the problem plants--we may be able to make some suggestions.
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The plant in the picture is ludwigia red mini. Not so sure about the mini part. It's stretched out all across the tank. When I was trimming back some of the other plants I noticed about 8 inches above the substrate that it's mostly bare stems and roots. Also some algae attached top the leaves that won't just rub off. Some of the same algae that's on the leaves of the a. Reineckii. My question is do I cut the tops off and replant and leave the mostly bare stems or remove the stems.
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I suggest cutting the ludwigia plants at the substrate, removing the leafless sections and replanting the remaining part of the stem. Alternanthera Reineckii almost always gets algae when I grow it, because it tends to grow very slowly, and algae love leaves that aren't growing. What lighting are you using? Too much light, without adding enough CO2, can lead to lots of algae growth.
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I'm using a Fluval 2.0 . Comes on 9 am, off at 5:30 pm. Co2 on 7 am and off the same time as light. I have the light slightly dimmed and is sitting on the aquarium frame. Will these plants re generate from the root once they're cut off?
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I'm using a Fluval 2.0 . Comes on 9 am, off at 5:30 pm. Co2 on 7 am and off the same time as light. I have the light slightly dimmed and is sitting on the aquarium frame. Will these plants re generate from the root once they're cut off?
Sometimes they do regenerate from the stubs left in the substrate, but not always. It tends to grow much better with the healthy tops replanted. At least that has been my experience.
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Old 09-15-2019, 05:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I really appreciate your response. I've signed up on other forums and get no response or help. Thank you!
I'll try some more pruning. I still have to figure out the phosphate issue. I'm going to start another 40 breeder. I'm a little nervous about using the potting soil again. I used black diamond worm castings capped with about 3/4 inch of aquarium sand. Overall seems fairly clean. Tap water had very low phosphate test. High phosphate has to be coming from somewhere. Thanks again.
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Worm castings can be excessively fertile for use by itself for the "soil" in a planted aquarium. Mixing them in with regular soil may be a better idea. I have used worm castings a few times, but always mixed into yard topsoil, and it worked fine.

"High" phosphate is not usually a problem. Very low or no phosphate is a big problem for the plants.
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