General plant concerns and questions, my 29g *pics*

ir0n_ma1den

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I've posted this in my journal on APC and TPT, and have decided to post it here as I have some questions and concerns.

A little bit of an update:

First, I bought some stems of Red Ludwigia at Petsmart as suggested by people on this board. Things seem to be growing as my Rotala's tips are now a bright green.

But I do have a few concerns:

When I received the Blyxa, it had transparent leaves, those are peeling off and I can now see some healthier looking leaves. I am guessing that this is just a melting stage, right.

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My Cyprus Helferi's long leaves are all turning yellow brown, so they are definitely dying, but there are smaller green leaves at the base. I am also guessing that this is just a melting phase, right? Also, on the small baby plantlets, I am getting this white fungi looking stuff on the grain part of the plant.

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ir0n_ma1den

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And the last part:

I haven't witnessed any pearling yet, so do you think I should turn up the CO2? Another thing about my CO2 is that the diffused bubbles are cling to the water's surface. I don't know if this is good or bad.

On the brighter side of things, here is an FTS:

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Tom Barr

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Remove the spray bar.

Have the flow go along the top back wall of the tank, then down, blasting the mist from the diffuser all over.

That should help a lot.

Not sure what the light is.

Regards,
Tom Barr
 

ir0n_ma1den

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The diffuser is now directly under the intake, but I may end up taking out the diffuser and just sticking the tubing in the intake.

The lighting is 1x65w.

I'll remove the spray bar and see how my tank reacts.

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ir0n_ma1den

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I just added this update today:
Heres a bit of an update:
I have been fiddling with the equipment and I like it so far. I took off the spray bar like Tom Barr told me to, I moved the heater down, and I took out the diffuser. without the spray bar, I am getting good flow and a 100% CO2 diffusion. I can finally start to see pearling!
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some not so good news:
I am pretty sure the macrandra is dead/dying, but thats not a big problem. I am also getting this white fuzz stuff on my cyprus and some other plants.

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I got a reply by one person that said I might have mistook your information now that I have the diffuser gone. That person told me to put the spray bar back on and point it down at the front pane of glass. which method should I use?

Also, does pointing the CO2 enriched water in the direction of a plant benefit it, or does it not matter?

thanks