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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-24-2014, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Need plant help pls.....

12 days ago, I planted my 4 gallon and my 8 gallon with Water Sprite, annubia, water wisteria, java moss, java fern..and I already had amazon sword, pennywort, and 8 gal has moss ball.

I am using a 13w Perch Light Compact Flourescent light which is on at night, off during the day.

The plants were very healthy, now turning brown and making a mess and I have lots of algae. Both tanks have heaters, filters and I just added an extra nerite to each tank to clean up the algae. I also have bog wood in the tanks.

Both tanks are planted in gravel, and the 4 gallon has fluorite substrate mixed in.

What do I need to do to fix whatever is going on?
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Why are they on at night and off during day? It should be the other way around!

It sounds like they are melting, pinch off dead/dying leaves so that the plant can focus on growing new leaves as it acclimates to your water.

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Why are they on at night and off during day? It should be the other way around!

It sounds like they are melting, pinch off dead/dying leaves so that the plant can focus on growing new leaves as it acclimates to your water.
I did it that way because I am gone during the day, home at night. The tanks are in a closet turned betta hole so they don't get an light there during the day.

Do I have the right lighting?
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Oh okay, that's fine then. I thought it was out in the open so basically getting 24 hours light. How many hours is the light on and what is the Kelvin rating of the bulb? The wattage tells me nothing of the bulb except how much electricity it is using.

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Oh okay, that's fine then. I thought it was out in the open so basically getting 24 hours light. How many hours is the light on and what is the Kelvin rating of the bulb? The wattage tells me nothing of the bulb except how much electricity it is using.
Would 6400 Daylight be the kelvin? It is not on the box or the directions or the light. I found this on-line. Lights pretty much on for 12, off for 12.

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6,400K? Huh, usually it's 6,500K. But "daylight" is generally in the ballpark of 6,500K so you should be set. 6,500K is the sun at it's peak in the day, best time to grow your plants.

And how many hours are they on?

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pretty much on for 12, off for 12.

to clean these plants up, is it ok to pull them up, cut the dead stuff off, and replant? Or should I trim them while the are in the tank?

Wow, so much to learn! But I am finding the best, most accurate info from this site.

It got so frustrating to ask like 3 different people and get 3 different answers.
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URGENT NEED HELP PLEASE.

My betta fries are now 6th day from the day they hatched, and now almost all are dying, now shall i remove the dead body or just leave it with those that are still alive ? or shall i change water ? or shall i move those that are still alive into a new tank, the current tank is a lil dirty with some left over food . tell me what should i do to prevent somemore fries from dying . please reply as soon as possible . Thank you
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URGENT NEED HELP PLEASE.

My betta fries are now 6th day from the day they hatched, and now almost all are dying, now shall i remove the dead body or just leave it with those that are still alive ? or shall i change water ? or shall i move those that are still alive into a new tank, the current tank is a lil dirty with some left over food . tell me what should i do to prevent somemore fries from dying . please reply as soon as possible . Thank you
fyi..this posted under my plant post. maybe you should repost on a new thread it can be seen. Wish I had an answer for you, but am very much a newbie. good luck with your lil fry.
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Brown algae in a new tank is usually diatoms. They should go away on their own eventually!


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