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#1 AussieGirl

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:00 PM

I would love some suggestions on plants for my 10 gallon. I have one Java fern so far, which isn't doing too great....could it be because the water is hard here or am I just doing something wrong? I would say I have medium lighting.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:15 PM

thats a 10 gallon tank, right?
and the hood is the standard one with 1 florescent bulb of 15 watts?
if yes, then you have very low light, under 2 watts per gallon. its enough for a java fern to survive, if the bulb is of the correct spectrum (5000k - 10000k), however.
other plants that can be kept under such lighting are anubias species (anubias nana and anubias petite are popular choices for tanks of that size), and mosses. floating plants (such as hornwort and salvinia) should do fine as well.

with java ferns and with anubias, be careful not to bury the rhizome (the horizontal stem from which the leaves and roots grow).
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:31 PM

Ok thanks, I guess I thought my hood had two bulbs, guess I was thinking of the wrong tank. Lol. And I am not a plant person so that's why I thought I would just try the Java fern first and see if I could keep it alive. If not I guess I will stick with silk.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:32 PM

And that's how horrible the poor thing looks. I feel so bad.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 04:07 PM

You can also replace the lightbulbs with lower wattage compact florescent bulbs to up the wattage in the tank. Just make sure you don't get huge ones.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:12 PM

It will probably do better if you tie it to a rock or piece of driftwood. Are you using any ferts/do you have any fish in there?

My water's REALLY hard and java ferns do great.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:24 PM

Ok, I'll have to get something to tie it to. And no fertilizers and no fish yet. I'm waiting on my betta to come in and I was going to try to finish planting it before I got him but if I can't take care of this little plant maybe I should just stick with silk ones. :-(

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:37 PM

Without fish poo/pee (nitrogen), your plant might not live too terribly long.

plantedtank.net is a good resource, by the by.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:52 PM

Ok, could I maybe get a couple ghost shrimp or something to put in there until my betta gets here?

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:04 AM

They're not going to produce much nitrogen. Besides, they'd need a cycled tank - you haven't cycled your tank yet, have you?

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:41 AM

dont worry about nutrients.
"its the intesity of light that drives a plants needs for nutrients and CO2".

nutrients are for growth. low light = slow growth. very low light + super slow growing plant = very very very slow growth = very very very small need for nutrients.
itll be fine til you get the fish in there, especially since you are using tap which will have some nitrate phosphate and potassium, and you clearly have high Ca and Mg (also very important nutrients) since you say you have hard water.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:28 AM

I think the issue was the rhizome buried.The leaves turning the brownish color shows it was starving.WHat kind of bulb is in the hood?You need a spectrum of about 6500 to 10000 for the light to be useful for the plants otherwise they arent getting the light they need.Just give the poor thing some time,a better light,tie it to a rock or driftwood piece and some love and it will be just fine!.




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