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Re: [APD] 1st Planted Tank questions
The best thing is to put in lots of plants right fromthe
start. The plants will soak up the ammonia/ammonium that
develops and you can avoid the nitrite spike.
--- Liz Wilhite <liz_wilhite at hotmail_com> wrote:
> I've been lurking on the list for a while to get the
> flavor of things. I
> hope my questions are not too basic. I've been a
> gardener for years, used
> to be a chemist and am back in the hobby after too many
> years to think
> The tank is 55G, 260W PC, CO2, Eco-complete. It's
> cycling --right now N02
> is spiking and NO3 is rising. I may have done something
> really stupid -- I
> have plants in there. That means I am running lights and
> CO2 and have
> discovered algae. Perhaps I should say that hair algae
> has discovered a
> comfy new home. I expected the algae. Most of the
> plants are stem plants
> purchased to stay in the tank until it was balanced then
> to be tossed --
> bacopa, foxtail, ludwigia, milfoil, water sprite, etc.
> There is also a
> sword (I think it looks like a weed), and a couple of
> wendtii crypts and a
> couple other plants.
> It seems that every leaf on every plant is melting away.
> At the same time
> there is strong new growth. THe new growth tends overall
> to be brighter,
> redder, thinner and lacier with side shoots. The crypts
> are melting but
> putting out lots of new leaves that seem healthy. I've
> been interpreting
> this as leaves from emerged growth dying. Oddly, a red
> lotus and Apon.
> crispus haven't lost a leaf while putting out several new
> leaves this week
> (most plants have been in the tank a week).
> Any thoughts on what is going on? How dumb was it to put
> plants in this
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