5 years ago #1
fiSHMan1
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i bought some hybrid aponogeton bulbs from wal mart. I dropped them in my tank. The next day i noticed a white "fuzzy" growth on a few of them. Any idea on what this could be? I have read that it could be bad mold and mean they are duds and won't grow. Any thoughts on what this could be if you have experienced this?

Also i was wondering what wattage, kelvin rating, lumen rating, and type of bulb i need to have in my 30 gallon tank? I have a 17 watt in there right now. The light from it appears, in the tank, whitish. I have heard that there should be 2-3 watts per gallon of water. If you can assist me in both of these matters it would be greatly appreciated. Thank You...
P.S. I am trying to start growing live plants in my tank.

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5 years ago #2
johnarthur
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The fuzzy stuff could be a mold or fungus caused by over feeding or the over abundance of other nutrients. Did the instructions say to bury the bulbs in the substrate? Many of the bulbs and plants sold for aquarium use wind up being more or less temporary, because their life cycle requires the green parts to be exposed to air. Such plants usually live in shallow water where the roots are submerged and the tops grow above water.

Most standard fluorescent lights sold with aquariums have a single tube that simulates daylight. They're fine for plants that require low or moderate light, but if you have a deep aquarium and demanding plants, you'll need special lighting. A clay based substrate supplement also helps, but the compressed clay chunks come only in dark colors. To start, it's probably better to get inexpensive plants like anacharis or hornwort, plus some slow growing plants like Java fern, the Anubias group or crypts. Some of those slow growing plants are not in aquarium shops, but you can get them on line from Aquabid.com, azgardens.com, ebay, and other places. Once you get your hands wet in the aquarium hobby, it's easier to keep some of the more exotic plants.

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5 years ago #3
dkpate
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I believe I have the same plants in my tanks. Were they little packs in the fish section at Wally World? If so, I have gotten about 5 packs of them, and if you pick them up and smell them when they have been in your tank, you will know if they are good or not. You can bury them, or just toss them in there. About 1/2 of the bulbs I bought are going good, the lily is my favorite, (That would be the pack with one big bulb).

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5 years ago #4
fiSHMan1
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they are the hybrid aponogeton bulbs from wal mart. i got a pack that had 7 in it. what will they smell like? i do not know what they should smell like. this is my first try at having a planted aquarium. also i was wondering if you could tell me what they will look like when they get ready to sprout? what would be the best way to place them? under the gravel or on top?

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5 years ago #5
dkpate
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Oh, you will know the smell! It's horrid!
I stuck mine under the sand, and waited for them to start growing because I couldn't tell which side was the top . I left about half of the bulb out of the sand. When it starts to grow, there will be this hair looking stuff (kind of looks like horse hair) and that is the top, so make sure that's pointing up. Some take longer than others to start sprouting, but when they start, they really take off! My lily has already had to be split so now I have 2. There is one that looks like big blades of grass too, and it gets really long. It will start out with 2 blades, and the bigger it gets, the more blades come out.

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5 years ago #6
fiSHMan1
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i have placed mine in the tank slightly pushed down in the gravel. withtin a day of putting them in the tank i had this white fuzz growing on them. do not know if this is good or bad? i also bought the dwarf lily bulbs and placed them in there. what kind of fertilizer should i get fo when they do take off and grow?

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5 years ago #7
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I don't use fertilizer in my tanks, but if you want to, I did use API Leaf Zone once, and my fish were fine.
I am not sure of what the white stuff is, it could be mold, take it out and smell it. Careful of squeezing it though, because if it is bad, and you get that junk on your face, it REALLY smells. If it's not rotten, I would just get a paper towel or something and wipe it off.

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5 years ago #8
fiSHMan1
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well thank you for your help... i will just have to be patient i guess. hopefully they will start growing soon.

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5 years ago #9
dkpate
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You're welcome.
Mine took about 2 weeks.

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5 years ago #10
fiSHMan1
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well hopefully mine will not take long so i can get the fake plants out of there.

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5 years ago #11
bartimaus
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I had a four pack of those wretched things, in different tanks, and nothing but a rotten bulb was the result. I have found some good deals on ebay for live aquarium plants.

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5 years ago #12
Jewels in Ohio
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Some bulbs are good and some go bad~~~4-7 days to show signs of life usually. Some just sit like a potato and do nothing! Some DO work though.{its fun} Have tried a few different ones over the yrs. At least they usually don't harbor ich! (like almost all plants from stores) Esp Wal-Mart Light wattage depends on what you want to grow. low light plants med. light or high light!? Also how deep your tank is matters to get the light to the bottom where little plants start. So if it is a 29 high would need a stronger light than say a 30 long which is shallower. I would go with a full spectrum light at least 30 watts. two 20 watt strip lights would grow plants. Fertilize with liquid fertilizer and or get eco complete or a clay based substrate to help plants grow nicely. They are more expensive though but you won't regret it if you want live plants that grow like weeds and are awesome!
p.s. dip plants and qt if you have fish. Potassium promangate works as an oxidizer to kill bugs and some snails*

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3 years ago #13
KaSandra
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So is the "fungus" a bad thing? Mine are growing & they've never been in another aquarium. I don't want them to harm my fish.

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3 years ago #14
KaSandra
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So is the "fungus" a bad thing? Mine are growing & they've never been in another aquarium. I don't want them to harm my fish.

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