help with plants
robert wrote: hi all ,looking for a bit of help with my plants, very new to keeping live plants , tank 350 litres ,lighting 4 by30w t8 tubes , should point out the tank is 24 inches deep . I am getting small amounts of brown algea on the leaves but the thing that worries me is that a lot of the leaves have small holes in them as though they are being eaten ,don't mind this if this is the cause ,but watching the tank I have never seen any of the fish eating then . lights are on timer 10.5 hours daily adding easy carb daily and easy life profit weekly after water changes . as I said new to live plants so any help would be welcome . keep safe all on this stormy night . thanks Robert
I'm not very knowledgeable myself when it comes to plants (among other things) but 10.5 hours of lighting a day seems a lot to me and 30w tubes does not seem strong enough especially as it's 24 inch deep but that would probably depend on the plants you have really............Anubias and Java fern are all I can grow and I once fluked successfully growing Vallisneria (all easy to grow plants really) so i'm probably not the best guy to be giving advise!!.....All the best
What do you call a three legged Donkey?
A Wonkey....duh ha
Good practise is to fertilize daily instead of weekly. Plants will use it all and nothing will be left for algae.
Light period over 9h can actually do more harm than good to plants even that your light is not so strong.
Try above for a month and see if any improvement. Then you can think about upgrading the stronger light, it really depend on plants you have. Some doesnt really need strong light especialy when you dont inject co2.
Hope it helps.
Also SAE and oto affinis are top algae eaters so I would recommend to get a group of these.
Post some photos when you get a chance.
They will even eat green spot algae off glass and that stuff only comes off with a razor blade...
Nerite snails come in different shapes and sizes...I recommend Horned Nerites as they are smaller and can get about the
tank better....They get to the most awkward inacessible places and as a result are awesome algae eaters...They wont damage
plants either....The other bonus is that they dont breed in normal fresh water (they need brackish conditions) and as a result you
wont end up with a snail plague that comes along with other snails....
I also recommend you reduce your lighting period to a max of 8 hours....
Toms idea of dividing the Profito dose into 7 is also an excellent idea...I actually divide it in to 3 over a 7 day period and find it works
well for me...
3 Euros each
I have nine in a 240 litre and they are doin a great job for me!
I put them in all my tanks as the initial inhabitants when setting up new tanks so algae cant take hold...
It'll take a bit of time but soon you will see a difference! I have 1 planted tank at the min, nothing fancy just easy to grow plants and a single t5 bulb! No reflectors no nothing! It's growing slowly but healthily so I'm happy! I don't dose with frets as much as I did at the start, I haven't done any waterchanges in months and the fish are healthy and happy! (Channa don't even have heaters or filters this time of year)
So it's more a case of letting everything bed in properly, and finding your balance between dosing, water changes and healthy happy fish!
The light output rapidly depletes after that....This will lead to poorer growth...
Also the tube replacement (if there are multiple tubes) should be staggered over a period of a couple of weeks..
Dont change them all at once...It can shock the plants and encourage algae to grow...
have a look at the Aquaone Tropiglo range of LED bars, they come in 4 sizes from 45cm (13watt) to 122 cm (37watt)
and the price seems to be not too bad!!!!! or the Plantglo range that is slightly stronger, again 4 sizes 45cm (18watt) to 122cm (49watt)
perhaps this would be a good way to suppliment some of your T8's instead of changing the whole system?
Ive used some of these lighting systems in the past (mainly the smaller plantglo and mariglo ones) with some good success