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Old 05-15-2005, 11:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Piscesgirl,
Help!! My plants are rotting away just one week after planting them! Here's what I have, 4 gallon nano, normal looking gravel (3cm in depth), purple looking lights, a bunch of 'nana'(that's a plant's name right?), tiny fern stuck to a small rock, a tall grass-like plant, another one with single round leaf on a long stem, an air curtain (slow fine bubbles) and a normal filtering system. I've tried CO2 tablets from my LFS but my plants are still 'yellowing'. I must have done something wrong. Please enlighten me? Thank you very much.

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Old 05-16-2005, 03:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello Jillis, glad you found APC. My first thought is the 'purple' lights -- do you know if this is a fluorescent light fixture or not?
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I bet it is. I have a NOF tube from an All-Glass fixture that is quite old and looks purple. Time for a new bulb!

Oh and welcome to the party, Jill.
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Hey thanks for replying. I have no idea if it is flourecent, it came with the nano. And I left out in my last mail, I have 50 neon tetra. Tank temperature is always at 29 degrees. The guy at my LFS said to look out for 3 things in order for plants to thrive. They are temperature, CO2 level and proper plant lights. Is that right??
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He forgot fertilizers. We can probably help you out with those as well, but we'll need some specifics about your tank (size, total amount of lighting/watts, water parameters, etc.).

What nano did you buy?
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Hello again, Jillis.

I think you mentioned your tank is 4 gallons, but does that mean have 50 neon tetras in a 4 gallon tank? That seems like an extraordinarily large biomass in a 4 gallon tank.

Are you aware of the nitrogen cycle? Would you happen to know if you have an Ammonia reading?
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Hi all,

Oh dear this is so embarrassing! I am sounding like an idiot . I'm not aware of nitrogen or ammonia level. In fact of any other readings I should know. Is there a formula for setting up a proper planted tank(with a lot of neon tetra)?
Please explain like I am a 3 year-old. Should I reduce biomass? How many fish should I have then?
I really appreciate your help. Wish I could buy you guys a cuppa but Singapore is just not that near. But if you do come here, you know who your tour guide is!

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I wouldn't say there is a formula per se in setting up tanks, but I certainly 50 tetras is a lot of fish even for a larger tank. It is important for you to test Ammonia and NitrIte. Are you doing water changes for this tank? How frequently?
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Hi Piscesgirl,

How do I tell if I've got enough ammonia and nitrite? I plan to transfer 10 of those neons to another smaller tank. Will update you again if things start to look up. Thanks for your time, appreciate it.

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And oh yes, I am changing 20% of water once a week.
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