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Old 08-25-2012, 05:38 PM   #1
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Post Val is not doing well

Last month, I got some val, and it's already dying. I have the light on most of the day, the water is soft, it's 78-82 degrees, and I've added some API liquid CO2. I know nothing about plants, so any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:41 PM   #2
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How much wattage and what type of val?

I've got some Italian val and it's not doing the best. I pulled all my plants up today to re-scape and it has sent off two baby plants...so progress
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:11 PM   #3
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val is low light, not terribly difficult, but slow growing.
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Old 08-26-2012, 02:47 AM   #4
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If it is low light like emc7 said you really don't need co2. Just adding co2 doesn't help anyways, you need to find the perfect balance between co2, nutrients, and light. I would stop dosing co2 unless your tank is heavily planted and just doesn't have enough fish to provide all plants with co2 and nutrients. In that case I would also add fertilizer.

Also, how long are the lights on ? you really only need them on for 8h a day.
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:10 AM   #5
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I started using miracle grow like loha advised in a past post and my plants are growing like crazy from it. I Am using the powder kind it's blue and I mixed it in a bottle of water and I put in a little bit every other day and they really took off. In fact I have a seed that has been growing for about two weeks and is almost 3" tall already maybe more.
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Old 08-26-2012, 03:23 PM   #6
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It's growing sideways, not up. It's sprouted 5+ runners already, just some of the leaves are dying. I'll try low light. Thanks!
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:35 PM   #7
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That's what vals do, they establish roots first , then send out runners. Be careful with too much co2. I know from experience they don't like Flourish Excel.
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That's what mine is doing, but it's dying off towards the top where it bends.
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Old 08-26-2012, 05:50 PM   #9
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maybe, just maybe (just guessing) the high light closer to the surface of the water is killing the plant. If the plant grows better with low light wou know what was wrong.
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Old 08-26-2012, 06:01 PM   #10
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I'm only going to give it 3 hours of light per day now. Maybe that'll work.
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Thats really not a lot. How long are the light on right now?
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6-10 hours is ideal...so 8 is what people usually go with. I've had success with 6 and 10 hours.
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:17 PM   #13
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I'm giving it 10 hours a day. I think I'll try 6 then.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:27 PM   #14
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Thats a good idea, I give my tank 8h a day too and it works great.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:44 PM   #15
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Lol, I feel stupid. What I thought was the plant dying was really brown algae growing on it. Thanks for the help! I'll give it less light and no liquid CO2.
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