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    New to APSA. Have 2 tanks currently. Been keeping tropical fish for about 6 years now and we've never bothered with the plants, only the fish. But now we've decided to grow some plants in our small tank.
    Recently all our plants have been dying and not doing too well.
    We've changed the light setup (14W white light full spectrum) and a 10W blue one (not sure the specs but on the box it said it's for plants)

    we setup some C02 gadget as well. currently have some problems with algae and snails in that tank as well.
    plant types include moss and various other ferns.

    based in Jhb East.

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    hey waves..

    welcome to APSA:) i was such a noob when i joined (ok, still am) but the guys here are always willing to help:)

    well from what i been reading, red light is better (if not essential) for plant growth.. i got one full spectrum and one red and my plants r loving it.. i think you should consider ferts as well.. but for ferns and moss, they do not need lots of light. algae could be from over feeding?
     
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    Hey, Uni.

    Welcome to APSA.
     
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    hey thanks,
    I don't know what happened to my little tank. It might have been over feeding I'm not sure. I was in hospital for 4 nights came back and my tank was in a mess. I know my bf was more concerned about me then the fishies, but i've cleaned the algae as best as I can but I have lots of snails now as well so actually should do a new setup me thinks, but don't have a temp home for cycling.
     
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    well u can get a snail trap and haul snails out every day?
     
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    gonna do the lettuce trick.
     
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    Can you tell us a bit more about the tank (size, volume, depth) and a little about the water and plants you were trying to grow.

    Algae like blue light but it is mostly useless for plants. You are better off with a 6000 K light source (i.e., one that peaks in the red spectrum).

    If this is a new tank with new plants bought from a LFS and came in little plastic pots then the problem could be that the plants are shedding all their old leaves and growing new ones. Because CO2 limits plant growth, nurseries grow their aquarium plant at high humidity emersed. The leaves are tougher and unsuitable for growing underwater so the plant has to shed them and grow new ones.

    Are you keeping any fish in the tank? Many fish find snails very tasty, such as golden barbs. In my experience, golden barbs don't hassle plants too much. Generally, snails are not a problem and don't eat healthy plants. I try keep them going in my tank to consume uneaten food and munch on the fine fluffy green algae that grows on the glass and plants.

    Please tell us a little bit more about your plant problems.
     
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    Hey Uni, good to see you here ^^,
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    hi lindy. :)

    @tyronegenade - I'll post a thread in the plant problems section.
     

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