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    Recently, I lost half of my Jungle Val and Dwarf Sag due to melting. Plus, a couple of Red Ludwigia and Moneywort plants. The plants were new purchases, one month old, rinsed, planted and dosed with Flourish Excel. They received 8 hours sunlight, gravel substrate. One potential problem; my tap water is hard alkaline. PH 8.4, GH 150, KH 180, Nitrate .10, Nitrite .5, Chlorine 0. This tank developed brown algae which I removed.

    Another plant tank gets indirect sunlight, same gravel substrate and water conditions. However, these plants are doing much better, greening up and growing. Maybe it was too much direct sunlight or the brown algae outbreak in the first tank. And, perhaps the hard alkalinity of my water. Any feedback is appreciated. I might decide to change out my gravel for natural sand, plant substrate like Eco-Complete and balancing a PH closer to 7.0.

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    Don't worry about the ph. I'm curious though about your parameters. Nitrate .10 and Nitrite .5? What about Ammonia? Nitrites should be zero unless this tank isn't finished cycling. Are there any fish in the tank yet?

    As for the plant, I can't speak for all those but I know Jungle Val doesn't fair well with CO2. Even liquid CO2. So what you dosed to help grow the plants could very well have been what put them under. Though I don't know if this holds true for your other plants.
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    Nitrates should not be 0 in a planted tank, nitrogen is a macro nutrients of plants. Seems backwards but plants got to eat to.

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    Compass is right Val's don't handle excel well, excel is essentially glutehydrate (spelling?) which is a medical grade sterilant. Val's should handle normal co2 though.

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    Note about glutehydrate, it is only a medical sterilant when it is mixed with an additive (activator) by itself (metricide 14) it is pretty much harmless if dosed properly

    However, inconsistent dosing messes up sensitive plants pretty bad IMO

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    With hard water like that, plants should thrive... What spectrum of light and watts, and tank size?

    If the other tank is doing better and the only difference is the light then that leads me tk think you have the wrong ligbt for the tank.

    As for the vals being sensitive to the excel... Ime as long as you are consistant and dont over dose they are fine. But the recimmended dose is the max for those guys...

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    Or with some brands it's more than the max.

    Wondering.. temperature fluctuations on the one tank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    Don't worry about the ph. I'm curious though about your parameters. Nitrate .10 and Nitrite .5? What about Ammonia? Nitrites should be zero unless this tank isn't finished cycling. Are there any fish in the tank yet?

    As for the plant, I can't speak for all those but I know Jungle Val doesn't fair well with CO2. Even liquid CO2. So what you dosed to help grow the plants could very well have been what put them under. Though I don't know if this holds true for your other plants.
    There are no fish in the aquarium. The parameters given were taken from direct tap drawn water just for a reference to my water parameters. However, I draw 20 to 30 gallons of water and let it sit for several days before testing and using for water changes. The parameters for my tank is: Nitrate, Nitrites and Ammonia is zero. PH: 7.8, GH: 150 and KH: 180. Thanks for replying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genocidex View Post
    With hard water like that, plants should thrive... What spectrum of light and watts, and tank size?

    If the other tank is doing better and the only difference is the light then that leads me tk think you have the wrong ligbt for the tank.

    As for the vals being sensitive to the excel... Ime as long as you are consistant and dont over dose they are fine. But the recimmended dose is the max for those guys...
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    I also suspected the excess direct light first and possibly Excel due to varying opinions. Too, direct sunlight will cause an increase in the water temperature during that time. I am not using any special lighting for either tank. Yes, the other tank with plants is doing just fine, even with the Excel additive. A spike in humidity and temps last month here on the MS gulf coast did not help but now the temperatures are not as bad. Normally, I would put some plants outside in my pond. However, with the temp spikes I decided not to have plants or fish outside this year.

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    If there are no fish in the tank the plants might be getting the proper nutrients (NPK and micros). In a planted tank nitrates in most cases should not be zero.

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