Aquarium Plants looking poorly

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by mistycheri, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. mistycheri

    mistycheriValued MemberMember

    I've noticed my aquarium plants have started looking sickly. I recently added a bubble wand to my tank a few weeks ago. I read in another post that the bubbles on top of the water use up the CO2 in the water that the plants need. Could that be what's wrong with the plants now? :-[
     
  2. atmmachine816

    atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    I'm assuming they are live plants, if so do you know what type of plants they are, are you moving them around a lot, what wattage do you have, and yes the bubble wand could be affecting your plants slightly but most likely not so much that it is killing them unless you have a really small tank and your bubble wand is way to powerful, you can try taking it out.

    Austin
     
  3. 0morrokh

    0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    Things that oxygenate the water are not recommended in planted tanks because they cause the CO2 to "gas out". But I'm not sure that would be harming your plants that much...
     
  4. atmmachine816

    atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Yes I agree, of couse I know if I put my bubble wall in my 10 gallon with a powerfull air pump then it would probably affect it though since it's so powerful, of couse then the fish would have problems swimming too ;D.
     
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    mistycheri

    mistycheriValued MemberMember

    I think the plants I have are called Creeping Jenny's. I've transplanted a few of them into the 5 gal. tank that I bought for my beta, and those look fine, but the smaller ones left in the 10 gal. tank seem to be fading in color.
     
  6. atmmachine816

    atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Whats your wpg and ph
     
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    mistycheri

    mistycheriValued MemberMember

    The last PH reading done on the 19th, was 7.6
    I don't know what you mean by "wpg"
     
  8. atmmachine816

    atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    watts per gallon, what watt bulb do you have, in both tanks?
     
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    mistycheri

    mistycheriValued MemberMember

    Ohhhh, 15 watts for each tank.
    Also, a few weeks ago I changed the check valve for the bubble wand. The one I changed out didn't let much air flow thru the wand. The one I replaced it with worked like there wasn't a check valve on it at all. It put out much more air. Could that be whats wrong with the plants? Should I change the check valve back to the low flow one? They were doing so much better with the low flow valve.
     
  10. atmmachine816

    atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Why don't you just try it without it for awhile, are the lights incidescent.
     
  11. atmmachine816

    atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Did a google, the creeping jenny I came up with is not aquatic so if it's really a creeping jenny and the type I kep coming up with, it's not aquatic and it will die, so do a google image search on it and see if it matches your plant
     
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    mistycheri

    mistycheriValued MemberMember

    Yes on the lights. And yea I will try the low flow for awhile and see if the plants inprove.  Thanks for all your help, here, and in the Beginners forum. :)
     
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    mistycheri

    mistycheriValued MemberMember

    I did do a google research on aquarium plants awhile back and the Creeping Jenny was the closest I could find that looked like mine. I know it's an aquarium plant cause I bought it out of the aquarium at the fish store. :)
     
  14. fish_r_friend

    fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    lfs somtimes lie about plants they sell you so be careful when yo get them :-\
     
  15. atmmachine816

    atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Incidescents are not good for growing plants and that is why your plants are dying and along with they are most likely not fully aquatic, your best bet is to get a screw in compact fluescent and read about low light plants on plantgeek and the plant section then ask questions. Good luck

    p.s. don't get anymore plants until you get a fluescent light.  Not all plants sold at fish stores are aquarium plants, one fish store by me sells a peace lily as an aquarium plant and my grandma has one in her house and it's three feet tall with flowers, don't be fooled by a fish store.
     
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    mistycheri

    mistycheriValued MemberMember

    Here's a picture with the plant in it.
     

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    mistycheri

    mistycheriValued MemberMember

    I may be wrong about the iridescent, I just pulled the box out that the bulb came in, it's a GE Aqua Rays Fresh & Salt water light. It says it supports plant growth in freshwater aquariums. Great for freshwater aquariums with or without live plants.
     
  18. Shorty

    ShortyValued MemberMember

    Your fish are beautiful. ;D
    I have a marine light and a 30 watt normal light in my tank (my tank is tropical not marine) and the box says the marine light (which is blue) helps to support the plants growth. I can have any combination of the two lights at any given time - I usally during the day have both on, then in the evening I just use the blue and at night they both go off. The plants that I have bought are going beserk in the tank so something must be going right for them - and condiering I know a couple of mine are not fully aqautic, I guess those ones will die eventually, but they are sending out roots and shoots for now :)

    Don't know if that helps any?
     
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    mistycheri

    mistycheriValued MemberMember

    Thank You!
    Do you know where I can buy one of those blue lights? I haven't seen any before.
     
  20. Shorty

    ShortyValued MemberMember

    My lfs has them with all the spares - you know the section where the filter bits and bobs are. I asked the guy for the marine lamp and checked it was the same wattage and bobs your uncle, blue light to go. Anywhere that sells marine fish/tanks and accessories should have them, just make sure that it IS the same wattage as the lamp you are replaving and thats all you have to do :)