growing problem

bary_g

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Apr 20, 2008
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hi everyone,
I purchased that plant and have problems growing it. I have no idea wheather the lighting is too bright/too dark?




thanks for your help.
Regards,
Bartek
 

Gerryd

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Hi,

We also have no idea as you did not give us any information other than that you have a problem :)

Please provide basic some info such as:

Tank size
type and duration of lighting
substrate
do you use c02 or fertilization
filtration
etc.
 

bary_g

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Apr 20, 2008
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Oh, forgot to mention additional info. so, its 30 gal tank, 65W 10000K with a time of lighting of 10hrs. haggen ladder, no fish, plain gravel mixed with sand and some liquid fertilizer being added once a month. I've noticed that the lower parts of the plants which are a little shaded are green and sound so maybe it needs little less of the light?
thanks Gerry
 

VaughnH

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The only thing that would make your light too bright is algae growth. Other than that, having very high light intensity just drives the plants to grow faster. You say you add "some liquid fertilizer" once a month. No matter what the liquid fertilizer is, you are not adding it nearly often enough.

All plants, whether terrestrial or aquatic, need nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous, plus a mix of "trace elements" like iron, boron, etc. in order to grow. These elements must be added as fertilizer. Plants also all need carbon in abundance, since plants are made up primarily of carbon. We usually add CO2 as a source of that carbon, but Seachem Excel is another such source, and in low light tanks, the substrate can provide enough carbon to support the very slow growth those tanks have.

You need to do some research on fertilizing and on keeping planted tanks in general. This, http://www.barrreport.com/you-new-aquatic-plants-start-here/3009-newbies-please-read-1st.html, is a good place to start, plus reading some of the other threads in that forum.