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Old 05-18-2011, 06:27 PM   #1 
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Need help with my new live plants? And plant food...

I bougt some water wisteria (quite a few!), and got some duckweed for free.
I have them in Thai's five gallon and let the wisteria float, putting two in the gravel...I don't have much gravel but it's at least one inch with river rocks.
The lighting I use is lights of america and it's a 10W bulb.
I cut the water wisteria in half, and planted them in the gravel, the others I floated and took off the bad leaves.
I also use Seachem Flourish Excel, and I noticed their leaves have brown edges.
My duckweed looks great, but there is one lop-sided(?) in the tank instead of standing straight like the others.
I do have issues with the brown algae, and some hair algae is still sticking to my anubias nana plant (the hair algae isn't the problem, it's gone but that small piece is still stuck to the plant).
It's annoying!!!
I think it might be the lightbulb, because it is unfiltered, the tank!
I want to know how to keep my plants healthy, if it's light that is the problem, or the ph and water temp.
The PH is on the high end of the card, because of the (Thai is in a separate place for QT, not in the 5 gallon) seachem flourish, it may be a tiny bit darker then the card. The temp is 82-83 degrees and the lightbulb is a 10w lights of america.
How do I keep the ph steady for my betta and the plants with this plant food? It raises the ph.
I have indian almond leaves too, that lowers the ph.
I know changing ph is bad!
For a betta (and plants), do I just acclimate them to the ph change?
For how long?
I am not sure how to keep the ph steady, because I am confused with the plant food. The seachem excel says to add some every day, but do I do a water change too with adding more?
Wouldn't that just make the ph higher?

Sorry I have a lot of questions, but I really need help.
Thank you for reading!!!
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:38 AM   #2 
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Well, I figured out what to do, and hopefully things will be okay!
I'm just going to test the water daily to figure out the ph confusion, lol

That was probably a stupid question, about acclimating. Haha
Yes, you acclimate them!

I don't think there is anything wrong with the duckweed, I moved it and it sat straight again.
It's growing!!!

The lightbulb, i'll just change anyway.
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