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Plants Not Doing So Great



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Date: Mon, 30 Dec 1996 02:35:33 +0100 (MET)
From: Cor Bosman <cor at xs4all_net>
Message-Id: <199612300135.CAA08294@xs1.xs4all.nl>
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
Subject: plants not doing so great, help needed

Several months ago I started a new aquarium after dropping the hobby
for several years. Things went ok in the beginning, but now things
look a bit gloomy. 

The fish are all ok. I even had neon tetras spawn, which totally amazed me.

But the plants are a disaster. The only plants that are doing good are
the java vern, valisneria gigantis, alternanthera reinecki , elodea densa
(although that name might be wrong) and a bottom plant that is probably
ophiopigon.

The rest is all dead or dying.  Almost all big leafed plants have brown spots,
and most lost several leaves already. Including cryptocoryne willissi, 
ceratopteris thalictroides (sumatra vern?, its got long empty stems now
with just a bit of leaves on the top), and several others plants. 

I have a 60g tank, with 2 triton 90cm 30W lights. I know that this is
in theory not enough light, but my local aquarium shop insists that it is.
I also have a lot of green wire algae growing on the front and back of the
tank. 

I tested the water for abnormalities but couldnt find anything wrong.

Now, is my first course of action to increase the lighting? If it is,
why am I seeing a lot of green algae already growing? 

Any help is appreciated, since im at a loss here.

Cor
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