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Thread: A Few Questions

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    I recently started adding some plants to my community aquarium, and the first thing I need help with is identifying two of my plants. For some reason I can't get the pictures to upload right now, so those are to come.

    My second question has to do with lights. Since I haven't started adding real plants until the last few months, my hood and light aren't really made for growing plants. My bulb right now is just a regular T8 fluorescent. I don't know the exact colour temperature since it came in the new hood when I replaced my old one last year, but it's definitely around the yellow end. The power rating is most likely 20W, which gives me a whopping 0.5W/gal! How do you suggest I remedy this? My requirement is that I must have a hood that fully covers the tank, because I have two really jumpy gourami and a killi which also likes to leap around sometimes. Since my dad pays for everything, I feel bad about him always spending money to buy more things for my aquarium, so cheaper options are greatly appreciated. I'd like to note that my tank is about eight feet from a south-facing window, so my tank does get quite a bit of natural light during the day.

    Finally, I have some Seachem root tabs that I added for the first time two months ago, and it says on the package that they should be replaced every three to four months. However, I'm not sure if the entire root tab is made to dissolve, or if it's just a substrate for the elements in the fertilizer, and once they leech out you just take out the now-inert tab and replace it. I tried digging around in the gravel for the old one to see, but I couldn't find it and didn't want to do too much digging so as not to damage the root systems of the preexisting plants.

    Thanks in advance!
    Joseph Granata
    My decommissioned 37gal freshwater community tank journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=116054
    My current 37gal FOWLR tank journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...42#post1214342

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    Pictures do help a lot.

    You've got insufficient lights if you see the plants grow towards the window instead up and/or if you see lot of stem between the leafs of some plants.

    What can be done about this depends on the exact hood construction. In some you could replace the Single T8 by a twin T5 quite easily. In other cases you could supplement it with a led unit or two. Even adding a reflector can be an improvement.

    Root tabs, if the growth slows down add a new one.

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    Ok, I got the pictures. Here they are:





    I bought the first one yesterday and the water from the bag spilled on the order sheet, so I can't read the name. Since the fish guy at the LFS wrote it, I actually never read it, but when he told me the name it sounded like he said something that was about five letters long.

    The second one was sold to me as "sagittaria eatonii", but I haven't even been able to find proof that that species actually exists anywhere on the Internet. I've done a bunch of research for that one, and I can't decide between sagittaria and vallisneria.
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    Joseph Granata
    My decommissioned 37gal freshwater community tank journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=116054
    My current 37gal FOWLR tank journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...42#post1214342

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    The second is indeed a kind of sagis. The first, tricky, some kind of hygrophilia perhaps. Both plants look healthy enough but the dusting of green algae tells me you could do with a touch more nutrients, preferably a liquid product that also contains some phosphorous.

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    I don't know, I think the first one is moneywort. Is it possible? And how would you recommend I plant it. Each one is a separate stock, so should I plant them all separately or in little bunches?
    Joseph Granata
    My decommissioned 37gal freshwater community tank journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=116054
    My current 37gal FOWLR tank journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...42#post1214342

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    I'm so bad at common names. Moneywort.. ah, bacopa! Yep, very possible. Watch it for a week or two, if it grows like the blazes then you got that.

    With any plant, remove the pot, brush away any mineral wool. Sagis I plant about an inch apart, may a touch less. It's going to reproduce by sending out runners. Let it. When the new plant has a few leafs cut it off and plant it where you want it.

    Moneywort looks best in a relatively tight bush, plant strands about 5-10mm apart. When it gets too long trim it and replant what you cut off.

    Does this answer the question?

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    Yeah. I planted the moneywort a lot farther apart... Will it fill in or should I just replant to new stalks in between when I cut them?
    Joseph Granata
    My decommissioned 37gal freshwater community tank journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=116054
    My current 37gal FOWLR tank journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...42#post1214342

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    My first thought with the first plant was bacopa - an easy to grow stem plant that should re-root and re-grow. Yours looks nice and healthy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgranata13 View Post
    Yeah. I planted the moneywort a lot farther apart... Will it fill in or should I just replant to new stalks in between when I cut them?
    Whatever you like looking at. The plant won't care.

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