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leefhker
24th Jun 2011, 07:21 PM
Hi,I am new to crs rearing.I have this very serious problem presently,my plants are apparently all turning yellow with little brown spots on them(look burnt).I do not know how to save them from it. my present parameters in my tank is 0ppm for nh3,0ppm NO2,NO3 25-50ppm,pH 6.4, G hardness between 6-9*d,KH 6*d-9*d,CL 0ppm,water temp 26-28deg C.

Here are some pictures of my tank(no CRS yet,Cycling) as i couldnt identify their species,those on the wooden bridge are slowly dying(turning dark and dropping out) while in the background those plants on the wood are growing spots on them.

(this is a slightly less than a foot tank)
http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/2083/photo013x.jpg
http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/6246/photo001jm.jpg

Please reply soon.Intending to put in my CRS yet this have to happen.

alpo430
24th Jun 2011, 07:33 PM
how many watts of lighting do you have also whats the color temp of your lighting? some plants cannot survive hardwater. btw what is the size of your aquarium?

leefhker
24th Jun 2011, 08:07 PM
how many watts of lighting do you have also whats the color temp of your lighting? some plants cannot survive hardwater. btw what is the size of your aquarium?
my lighting is a 5W lighting,it's florescent lighting.(i don't really understand what it means by color temp of lighting).CRS requires moderate hard water right..? mine is tuned towards that.The dimensions of my tank is 22cmx15cmx17cm(quite small).The plant on the driftwood in the background is having 'burnt' marks..arg! please help..!

alpo430
24th Jun 2011, 08:34 PM
i have a 4 gallon tank but im using 36 watts lighting. i tried using 2pcs 11watts but my plants wont grow. the watts per gallon rule doesnt apply in nano tanks. try increasing your lighting. the color tempreture should be near 6500 K (daylight)

refer to this website to see whats lacking in your aquarium
http://www.aquariumplantsandsupplies.com/blog/aquarium-tips/identifying-aquarium-plant-deficiencies/

leefhker
24th Jun 2011, 09:27 PM
i have a 4 gallon tank but im using 36 watts lighting. i tried using 2pcs 11watts but my plants wont grow. the watts per gallon rule doesnt apply in nano tanks. try increasing your lighting. the color tempreture should be near 6500 K (daylight)

refer to this website to see whats lacking in your aquarium
http://www.aquariumplantsandsupplies.com/blog/aquarium-tips/identifying-aquarium-plant-deficiencies/

yes but my plants was living well for the past 3wks.then suddenly a wk later after i returned home from work.They turned very yellowish.I was afraid that they have contracted some kind of disease and that i have completely no experience in.I was thinking if it is due to the lack or minerals as i only used DI/RO water for my tank.They were also growing very well(huge growth in length)in the first week with mixture of tap water and DI/RO water.However my test strip shown moderately hard water thus it can't be the reason. I am thinking if it is due to the lack of CO2?Since i aerate the water alot,but i have no way to test that.

leefhker
24th Jun 2011, 10:25 PM
http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/3341/photo014my.jpg
http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/1440/photo015et.jpg
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update with latest image for comparison..with the past photos on the top..brown spots and withered leaves

leefhker
26th Jun 2011, 03:44 PM
Can anybody please help me to identify the problem? i am presently getting transparent leave(see thru) and with the picture shown above..the tip of the certain plant is turning brown..

Can anybody help ascertain whether my plants are suffering from iron deficiency/insufficient light?

rod
27th Jun 2011, 06:14 AM
The plant in the front looks like a type of water lettuce. If it is then you don't have enough light. A rule of thumb is that the brighter the plant color the more light it needs. If you have the light bulb that came with the tank throw it away and buy one that is for plants. It dosn't have to be the expensive kind at the aquarium shop, any plant grow light from the mega store that fits your fixture will do. They are usually between 5000 and 6500 and as ALPO430 said that is best. You might want to rethink your choice of plants. There are different types of moses or Anubias or others that would work well. Check at good local aquarium shop. Plants of this type are usually cheap.

hotweldfire
27th Jun 2011, 06:55 AM
On the basis of your photos I don't think you have that bad a problem (you should see the state of the HC in the nano I'm currently cycling). As rod says, you should probably look to replace your plants with some that will do better in lower light. On the whole, however, most plants will be ok in lower light but will grow painfully slowly. Also, very important to keep in mind, most plants we buy as aquarists have been grown emersed. Once you put them in a submerged environment you should expect some adaptation. This may well take the form of what you're experiencing.

leefhker
27th Jun 2011, 09:21 AM
Hi,
Thanks for your reply rod and hotweld. I suddenly remembered that my lamp was 5700k colour temp when i bought it.After hours of research,i found out that the plants at my foreground is a kind of moss (erect moss/taiwan moss/singapore moss). Since moss do not require that much of a light,I couldn't understand why it happened since it was doing well a week ago(already here for a mth). let me show you the latest clearer picture i have taken.


http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/123/20110626212418.jpg

http://img863.imageshack.us/img863/4894/20110626212246.jpg

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/7049/20110626212446.jpg

They are getting transparent losing their green-ness,looks brittle and dies

alpo430
27th Jun 2011, 10:08 AM
i think you night brighter light make sure its daylight(6500K). if its bought immersed then its possible its going through die-back. it will grow different kind of leaves suitable for underwater.

leefhker
27th Jun 2011, 10:23 AM
i think you night brighter light make sure its daylight(6500K). if its bought immersed then its possible its going through die-back. it will grow different kind of leaves suitable for underwater.

Really? what do you mean by die-back?I haven seen this kind of moss having diffferent colours before though..i just did a specifications check for my lightings and here it is


DAZS Mini Clip-On Light (DCO905)PL5W
Features

Use PL bulb provides 7200K full spectrum illumination, making it ideal for aquatic plant growth.
Thoughtful design, which could be applied in various kind of mini tank.
Energy efficient-saving up to 30% electricity.


uhh.. i think it's not my lights problem..

madelon
29th Jun 2011, 05:03 AM
I think alpo430 is right. A lot of aquarium plants are grown above the water. Now that you put them completely under water the leaves that aren't used to that die off, but new ones will grow back. These new leaves will be suitable for living under water. So your lights are probably not the problem.

alpo430
29th Jun 2011, 09:20 AM
I think alpo430 is right. A lot of aquarium plants are grown above the water. Now that you put them completely under water the leaves that aren't used to that die off, but new ones will grow back. These new leaves will be suitable for living under water. So your lights are probably not the problem.

thats right! most sellers grow plants immersed to produce more plants at less cost (free light and c02). when i first introduce weeping moss in my tank it went to a die-back (all leaves turned brown) but recovered after a few weeks. its better to search for plants water parameter to grow them at the optimum condition. most moss do well in cold water