What is needed to be a sucessful plant grower?

Discussion in 'General Planted Tank Discussions' started by julioarca, 20 Apr 2008.

  1. julioarca

    julioarca Newly Registered

    Currently I have a Juwel 180, got the standard tubes, aquaglow and sunlite in the juwel positions and have added a 3rd aquagrow tube at the back on the flappy lid, all T8.

    I am doing a PMDD sequence at the moment but see my plants growing leggy, loosing leaves at the botoms, to a height of approx 4". My nitrate is approx 40, Phosphate approx 4-5, I dose trace elements, and iron and Seachem Excel, should I add another tube in the front flap?

    Currently lights on for approx 11 hours. I do have diy co2 but have been unkeen to start it off recently due to a co2 overdose to the fish a few weeks ago.

    Any ideas how to get the plants improved?


  2. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

    worksop, nottinghamshire
    What wattage are the tubes?
  3. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

    Chicago, USA
    Leggy growth and material loss are symptoms of poor CO2. Adding more light only makes the situation even worse since more light creates more demand for CO2. If you don't want to use CO2 then you should run a low tech tank and lower the light.

  4. GreenNeedle

    GreenNeedle Member

    Lincoln UK
    how did you manage to overdose using DIY on such a large tank? How many bottles were you using.

  5. julioarca

    julioarca Newly Registered

    The tubes are 30 w each.

    I use the red sea diy co2 reactor and I also have a 750ml bottle that feeds into it. I try to change one bottle per week but 2 weeeks ago did both bottles. The fish were acting strange, slow moving, no food interest, standing on their heads (discus), once I started aerating the tank, after a couple of hours they were fine.
  6. beeky

    beeky Member

    Chippenham, Wiltshire
    If you're wary of CO2, you could dose Excel/Easycarbo which is a carbon source. More expensive though.

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