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Old 05-16-2019, 03:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have had this tank for about a little over a month now and slowly added plants here and there. I noticed though that the plants don't appear to be overly healthy or anything save for a few. I'm particularly concerned about the Cabomba as only the tops are very green and the rest of the plants are pale and almost yellowish.

I do have an algae problem that is now getting noticeably worse as I've recently added a pea puffer in there and he's sort of eaten or terrorized the snails that were in there.

I dose with liquid fertilizer every water change and am using a cheaper light that I suspect does not provide enough for the cabomba. I am thinking of getting an ONF nano as it looks really nice and I have heard great things about it, but is it strong enough to provide good lighting for all the plants? I also did plan on getting a few floater plants just so my dwarf puffer is more comfy.
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How do I delete this post? I have reposted this onto a more appropriate section of the forums.
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What kind of tank is it? Are you running co2 or is it a dirt tank. Adding more light and then floating plants seems kinda contradictory. Are you using Excel at all. I've found that helps with plant growth and algae control.
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Your aquarium looks great! I'd be tempted to toss the cabomba. It can be tricky, and not everything is meant to be.

Where did you move your post?

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I'd be tempted to toss the cabomba.

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sure you didnt mean bacopa?

the cabomba looks almost as if its the healthiest plant in the tank...
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I have had this tank for about a little over a month now and slowly added plants here and there. I noticed though that the plants don't appear to be overly healthy or anything save for a few. I'm particularly concerned about the Cabomba as only the tops are very green and the rest of the plants are pale and almost yellowish.
I was replying to Eustoma's comment about the cabomba. The rest of the tank looked good to me - all plants seemed to be growing, no dying leaves, etc.

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I was replying to Eustoma's comment about the cabomba.

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Eustoma, I can delete the thread if you want, just let me know.

I agree with aquapillers, you tank looks good for only one month old. And cabomba can be tricky for anyone.
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What kind of tank is it? Are you running co2 or is it a dirt tank. Adding more light and then floating plants seems kinda contradictory. Are you using Excel at all. I've found that helps with plant growth and algae control.
It is a 5 gallon freshwater tank. I don't use excel currently. I did just purchase a Finnex Planted+ light as I've heard it can output enough light for carpeting and high light requirement plants. For the floating plants I was thinking of using a ring to place it in the center where the low light plants are since there is no dwarf hairgrass in the middle.

I did run co2 for a bit using a diy system but didn't redo it once it ran out. I'm kind of scared because I recently added a dwarf puffer and wouldn't want to risk it not having enough oxygen or anything.

I was hoping to resolve the algae through natural means, though as I watched a video recently where someone more experienced with planted tanks mentioned he got rid of his algae through tweaking his lighting and fertilizer dosing... though he didn't really go into any details about it so I'm hoping he didn't just add excel or one of those algae killing solutions lol.
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