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Macrandra problems

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by borman, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. borman

    borman Prolific Poster

    Dec 29, 2007
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    Here I post photos of my friend.
    He have very big problems with growing Macrandra and Rotala SpGreen

    Here his tank data

    Tank vol 230 l
    Light 168 wt step method (2 hours-90w+6 hour 168wt+2 hour 90wt)
    CO2 - Pressurized more then 30 ppm

    Ferts (all daily dosing)

    PO4 0.154

    Mn 0.0206
    B 0.0015
    Cu 0.0011
    Zn 0.0034
    Mo 0.0004

    Fe 0.04

    KH 2
    GH 10 (Ca 52 Mg 12)
    Ph 6.0

    Here the photos of RM made 24/06
    and then made 5/07 (date on photo)
    Nothing changes (i mean in routine) but results ..... :-(
    Any thoughts /
  2. Philosophos

    Philosophos Lifetime Charter Member
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    Mar 12, 2009
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    What's your water change cycle?

    At first glance, I'd go through evaluation on your CO2 levels, followed by calcium. Your plants are failing to create healthy cell walls. Focus on the CO2; "seems like 30ppm from my drop checker" and the like isn't enough on its own. Watch the plants, check your distribution method. Potassium might be short too.

    What units are you listing there for your dosing? PPM? What's your water change schedule?

  3. VaughnH

    VaughnH Lifetime Charter Member
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    Jan 24, 2005
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    As the plants grow, and increase in mass, their need for CO2 and other nutrients grows too. But, the increased plant mass tends to reduce the circulation of water in the tank, making it hard to get CO2 rich water to all of the plants. I'm guessing that is the problem, since this type of problem seems to always come down to a CO2 deficiency.

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