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Re:Joe's java fern
Try lowering your lighting level! This plant also likes lower temp water.
At 03:48 PM 9/27/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 07:06:07 PDT
>From: "Joe Anderson" <the_submariner at hotmail_com>
>Subject: java ferns vs. potassium
>A while back there was a lot of discusson on rotting java ferns, the leaves
>turning black and dying. Last month this happened to me too. So, I begaan
>studying the archives. Most all the posts had the same type of information
>that I was experiencing. I did not see a "cure" or explanation for this
>I had just begun adding potassium (as muriate of potash) in 1 tsp amounts
>every week for three (maybe four) weeks with a 20-25% water change on a 20
>gal tank. 80watts flourescent, pH 7.2 NO3 18mg/l.
>I also add 1tsp MgSO4 as well. my hope was to lower my always high NO3
>levels. (at the time i was keeping a rather high fish load),but the heavy
>planting and filtration seemed to keep the fish healthy.
>What I am curious about is if any of you that have been afflicted by this
>java rot could tie it to potassium overdose?????
>This would have been the only significant change to my tank. I lost about
>half my stand. I pulled out about half of what was left and put in other
>tanks to recupe.
>btw, NO3 levels never really came down much.
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