Newbie Plant Help

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Matty Preston, 20 Aug 2014.

  1. Matty Preston

    Matty Preston Newly Registered

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    Hi,
    I'm a newbie in aquariums and I'm seeking some advice on planted tanks!

    My plants never do too well, I dose tropica plant growth specialized and keep good water conditions.

    My specs:
    Tank: Juwel Trigon 190
    Lighting: 2x T8
    I run lights for 8 hours per day


    As you can see from the photos below, my plants aren't very well. Most of the plants I buy either die or never grow.
    I have substrate just below the surface of the gravel.

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    My question is, what do am i doing wrong!
    Is my lighting in-adequate?


    Thankyou

    -Matty,16,England


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  2. nickmcmechan

    nickmcmechan Member

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    How are you feeding the plants?
     
  3. Matty Preston

    Matty Preston Newly Registered

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    I'm using liquid ferts
     
  4. nickmcmechan

    nickmcmechan Member

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    Thanks, which product(s)?
     
  5. Martin in China

    Martin in China Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    Try to lower your lighting period, 6 hours should be enough for low tech. As soon as light come on, plants will ask for CO2 so if you are not injecting CO2 there is only a limit amount of CO2 in the water and thus will run out of fast.
     
  6. Matty Preston

    Matty Preston Newly Registered

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    Tropica plant growth specialised[DOUBLEPOST=1408604446][/DOUBLEPOST]
    Okay :) I've bought a soda stream co2 cannister and I have ordered an adaptor and a regulator, will this help?
     
  7. Martin in China

    Martin in China Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    Of course...every CO2 injection will help
     
  8. Rıza Sırman

    Rıza Sırman Newly Registered

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    You can use stick fertilizers in the substrate. This will help too
     
  9. dw1305

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    Hi all,
    I think both light and fertilsers should be OK, I'm not a CO2 user myself and I wouldn't go down that route if all you want is a planted tank.

    Some of your plants are being eaten/pulled at by your goldfish, but plants like Anubias and Java Fern should be OK and not eaten. I've got spare plants you can have.

    cheers Darrel
     
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  10. Martin in China

    Martin in China Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    Indeed...when I look at your pictures more closely, I see that hey are being eaten. Goldfish like some green in their diet.
     

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