Rotala indica is growing small leaves. What could be the cause of this?
Yeh, I ordered the tonia because I read at aqua-fish net that it does good in soft water. Afterward I saw it is a difficult plant.I merged the threads. What is the tank size? You're using soil? I didn't see this before I responded to the other one, but more is still needed. The Tonina may have a hard time in a low tech setup. It'd be great if I were proven wrong on that, but I think it will have trouble. There's more about that one in the Plant Finder.
I added 20 watts last night. That is all I have room for. Next stem is to add reflectors between the bulbs.65watts on a 29g is low/med light. the indica will grow slowly with small leaves if its short stems,you need more light for things to boom. i have 65w on a 30g to and its all low light plants, no medoum light plants grow that great
"Substrate is 3 layers. 1st layer is a mix of dirt, dynamite fert, shults root starter and kitty litter. 2nd layer fingers width of pool sand. 3rd layer flourite."
never heard of ths much different stuff for substrate, is the shultz root start fish safe?
The light fixture is a few inches above the tank now. It is a satellite fixture and it has little legs that it sits on. It has 1 65 dual daylight lamp and 1 actinic lamp. Since 1 is actinic I put a plant grow bulb, 20 watts, under it. So perhaps now things will even up.As plants grow they get closer to the light, thus get higher light intensity, which helps them grow faster and better. I found my stem plants would grow at a reasonable rate until they got about 2/3 of the way to the surface. Then they would do a mad dash to the surface - beautiful big leaves, but big pruning job required immediately. Having the light fixture suspended a few inches above the tank greatly reduces that effect, not that you would want to do so.
The light fixture has 2 t5 dual lights. One is a 65 Watt Dual 6700K /10000K daylight bulb and 1 is 65 watt actinic bulb. I took the actinic bulb out. Then put the fixture on its legs. Under the fixture I put the 20 watt t8 plant light in the area where there is no bulb. It hangs a bit outside of the fixture.It has one actinic and one 65w duel day light? Am I to understand that this has space for two 65w bulbs? If so I would toss the actinic and the 20w and use the two duel day light. I have 130w over my 29gallon and things run fine.
If this is an USA Orbit Satellite light fixture, they are fantastic. When I ordered mine from Big Al's Online ages ago, I was able to have them let me return the actinic light for another dual daylight bulb.It has 1 65 dual daylight lamp and 1 actinic lamp.