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Old 09-11-2013, 06:13 AM
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Hey guys,

I started a 20 gallon tank and got some temporary lighting. I've noticed that some of the plants have yellowed a little, not sure whether from stress of up-rooting them once or twice or if it's the light. I got a brooder light and this bulb...

http://www.homedepot.com/p/EcoSmart-...9#.Ui_8UcbUmSo

There doesn't seem to be any posts about using this kind of LED bulb, I may have typed in the wrong search terms in the engine though.

Did I get something that isn't really working? There are just 2 plants that aren't looking great, the other 3 look like they are acclimating to the tank. It's been about a week since I last moved the plants around. And there's no frogs in there... yet! Thanks for any input!

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Old 09-11-2013, 06:27 AM
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Well, you don't state what type of plants you are talking about. There can be many factors causing the yellowing. Too much water could also be a factor. On a twenty gallon tank one of those bulbs would not be enough light. The description states that the bulb puts out only 5000k and you should be using a bulb that puts out 6500k.
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One of the plants is a columnea 'firebird' goldfish plant, not sure what the other one is, and another is a begonia...And I'm starting to think it might be from overwatering. How would I reverse this?

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tell us what substrate you are using, how you drain, etc. That info is needed for us to actually assist any.
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I have a false bottom with a gravel surrounding by about 2.5 inches, then the substrate I'm using is a combination of turface, cocopeat, and tree fern. I have a layer of sphagnum moss on top as well. As for drainage, I don't have any holes at the bottom of the tank but there's no accumulation of water at the bottom of the tank that I can see which I could siphon out.

Should I take out the plants and put them in a plastic tub and to allow them to get back to health or? In my 10 gallon vivarium with the dart frogs, I used Josh's ABG substrate and the columnea and other plants are thriving in there... If the columnea in the 20 gallon vivarium dies, I'll just take a cutting off of the columnea of the 10 gallon. Thanks again, sorry for the lack of info. Let me know if you guys need to know anything else...
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Plants can yellow from just about every variable that effects them. Too much water not enough, Too much light not enough light etc.. The type of yellowing and other visible signs will tell you whats wrong with them. Pics would help
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Here are some pics. Sorry it's from a cell phone and I couldn't get the lighting quite right...

This is what the tank first looked like before I had moved some of the plants around.
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