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- To: <Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com>
- Subject: Brown-Tipped Val
- From: "Jennifer Marshall" <zephyr18 at ev1_net>
- Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2003 10:26:09 -0500
I have a nice lucious row of spiral val whose tips keep getting brown. It never had this problem in my lower-light tank, and it has me stumped. Is it nutrient related? My research has told me that a lack of potassium or copper could cause this. I have just started adding Seachem K because I was noticing pinholes in my lotus, and I read that that might be the cause. I also dose twice a week with a double dose of Seachem Flourish and Trace Minerals. I have CO2 and about 3watts per gallon of light.
Another interesting observation is that the leaves that are directly under the lights seem to get browner quicker. I have a power compact with 2 96watt bulbs Is it possible that they are just being roasted?
While I'm here - is it phosphate that will redden up my red plants? I thought I read that in an APD post a few months ago, but I couldn't find it again. I have a couple of red plants who could use a bit more color, and I have zero phosphates. What is the target level for phosphates in a planted tank?
Thanks for any suggestions,
Jennifer in Austin,Texas
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