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Old 11-28-2006, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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hi Im new to planted aquariums. some of my plants look ok others not so good. my minds mixed up what is a good place to start
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Hi swaneebee,
What is your setup like ? size, lighting, substrate, fertalizer etc...
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Old 11-28-2006, 05:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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i have a 30 gal with red ludwega or somthing are doing ok the spiral vals not doing good hair grass out look grim
have plane gravel about 78 F ph 7
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Your temp & PH are good, how many watts is your light fixture putting out ?
Plants need some basic things for good growth, Light, nutrients & C02 if you have just plain gravel you may want to add some laterite or flourite to it so that the plants are able to take up nutrients more easily. depending on how far you want to go you might think about a different substrate altogether there are many many options when it comes to substrates (gravel) look in the "science of substrates" forum on this site for some good ideas.
You may want to read a book or two before you start spending money on equipment (you can easily spend a lot of money on planted tanks but you don't have to, there are many ways to keep planted aquariums) The ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AQUARIUM PLANTS by Peter Hiscock is a great starter book, check your library they may have it. If not sometimes the cost of a book can save you lots of money down the line.
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not sure about size of light it is on a timer for 10 hs i will look into the book thanks
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Is it just one fluorescent tube ? if so thats only about 15 to 20 watts. a good goal is around 2 to 3 watts per gallon, different plants have different light requirements. some tanks can function on 1.5 WPG (watts per gallon) with low light plants but some tanks will require 3+ WPG if they have plants that need high light (your hair grass likes high light) there is info on specific plant light requirements in this site. ideally you will select plants with similar light needs for your aquarium.
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Here's some reading for you:
DFW Aquatic Plant Club Articles-- Beginner Basics: Introduction
https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...parts-1-a.html
Rex's Guide to Planted Tanks
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