need Help on my Hemianthus callitrichoides ''Cuba'' tank

witkizz

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hi i`m newbie here...i have big problem with my tank
i plant Hemianthus callitrichoides ''Cuba'' a week ago
but it`s seem not grow very well..it`s melting...:( and look like algae spread all over silica sand...

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i need advice how to grow it correctly ??
my tank spec :

tank 144 lt
2x20 watt T8 for 8 hours
CO2 with inline diffuser
silica sand
JBL AQUABASIS plus fertilizer

i need help please....:(:(:(:(
 
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Gerryd

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Hi,

More details please to get you your help?

Tank volume
Do you dose N-P-K and micros
What type of 2x20? T5, T8, MH, what
How long has the tank been running
 

witkizz

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Apr 17, 2010
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Gerryd;58862 said:
Hi,

More details please to get you your help?

Tank volume
Do you dose N-P-K and micros
What type of 2x20? T5, T8, MH, what
How long has the tank been running

tank volume 144 lt
it`s been running for a week..i dose MACRO & MICRO @ 5 ml
i used 2x20 T8 for 8 hours
 

Gerryd

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Hi,

I think a few things here:

1). You may have too much light for your tank. 40 watts of T8 (do you have reflectors?) mounted on the tank will provide a lot of light and will drive the plants to grow quickly. How is the fixture mounted? Using floating plants or cloth to diffuse light will also work. Can the fixture be raised?

This will cause a high demand for c02 and macros/micros that must be met.

2). Please elaborate on 'marco/micro @ 5 ml'? What brand or is it DIY? This is important to know WHAT and how much ( approx ppm) of each fert.

3). Do you use a drop checker at all? How do you know the plants have enough c02?

4). Plants will take some time to adapt esp with a new tank. You will have nh4 issues if cycling with fish (do you have any?) and this will help fuel algae.