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I recently bought a 10 gallon tank. I searched long to find one that had a heater and flourescent lighting.
What was interesting was that the tube is a U-shape and 13 W. Does this effect the output? Also, the tap
water is at 220 mg/l for KH, (I can't remember how to change the units to degree kh) and the Ph is at 7.2. I have some Java fern in there now, what other plants would really thrive in this setup? I can add some peat moss to soften and lower the ph if needed. Any input would be great.
I have a problem with two plants in one of my other
setups. The water is at a very low KH hardness, test kit reads unmeasurable. The Ph is extremely low, somewhere beyond 5.8. Lighting is about 1watt/gallon I have been unable to raise the ph. I removed a large lava rock, I thought it was the culprit because it dyed everything a red color. Alas,I did a couple of major water changes with neutral water to try and raise the ph, to no avail. There are now no decorations in the tank, I have peat moss in this tank. It was added AFTER this problem occurred.
The plants in question are hygro. difformis and a plant that I can't remember the name of.... It is often described as resembling cherry trees. The stems are deep red and the leaves a lighter green.
The plants have been in this setup for about 6 months.They have shown extremely slow and stunted growth. The new leaves are small and crinkled up. I have many other plants which are doing fine. Hygro. polysperma, Echind. swords, red wendtii and lots 'o'
Why are these two plants not doing well? Would adding CO2 make them grow better?
P.S. Sorry about the sci. name spelling, I don't have
access to my aquatic plant book.
Thanks in advance,
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