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Old 09-17-2012, 07:49 PM   #1 
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Help a plant newbie(are they melting)

So, I got some water wisteria and some type of java fern from petsmart in those little tubes, and eventually put them in two different tanks. That was about 3 weeks ago, the plants weren't really growing but they didn't appear to be dying or turning brown. This morning I checked on my smaller tank to feed my betta and the plants were droopy and brown so I took them out.
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Tank 1: 10 gal, ~76 degrees, 1 betta, marina i25 filter, heater.
Plants anacharis and water wisteria

Tank 2(affected tank): 3 gal, ~82 degrees, 1 betta, same filter, sometimes I use a heater but my light does a good job of keeping the temp constant.
Plants anacharis, water wisteria, and the java fern thing

Both my tanks are lit about 8-10 hours a day with a CFL bulb that puts out 60 watts (it's from a lamp)
Do I need to fertilize the plants, or do they react badly to higher temps? I'm at a loss and the plants are sitting in a tiny container until I can tell if they're really dead.
Please help!
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:23 PM   #2 
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I only know some about the Anacharis since I have some, how does the stem look it is green or brown and what color are the little leaves ? On one of mine the bottom of the stem turned brownish and the leaves also and looked almost clear so I just pinched off that part and its doing fine now. I dont know much about what type lights are best but I have a 10 watt Fluorescent that seems to be doing a great job on my Anacharis and Hornwort both are growing. Good luck I am sure someone will come along that know more than I do and can help you better.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:33 PM   #3 
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how long of a photoperiod do you have?
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:10 PM   #4 
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What is the Kelvin temperature of the bulb? This is very important, as plants can only use certain kinds of light for photosynthesis.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:38 PM   #5 
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Um usually 8-10 hours for the photoperiod.
As for the K temp. I have no idea. I used a regular house light bulb. I'm thinking that this is a problem. How do I find the K temp of a light bulb?
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Even house light bulbs often have the K temp somewhere on the box. You just have to read the small print. :)

If it helps, you need a bright Daylight bulb. Pick up one of those and see if you can find the K temp.

I would get a K temp at minimum of 5500K. 6500-6700K is more ideal.
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Kelvin temp is 2700
Thanks, I found it on the box, had no idea those existed :)
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:04 PM   #8 
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How much is too much light, I found a light in my house that has 17,000 K temp but I could set it farther back to so it wouldn't be so intense.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:31 AM   #9 
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show us a picture of the plants, i never heard of petsmart selling java fern in a tube
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:50 AM   #10 
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How much is too much light, I found a light in my house that has 17,000 K temp but I could set it farther back to so it wouldn't be so intense.
It's not the intensity it's the colour spectrum, I'd suggest buying a 6500-6700k bulb
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