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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-12-2006, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Plant Problems

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I have this constant, reoccurring problem with my aquatic plants. I buy them- I have them in 12 hr sunlight, they are fine for a little while- and within the end of two weeks they are DEAD!!!!!!!

I have tried changing flourescent bulbs, changing the water...putting in nutrients for plants.... the whole nine yards.....but nothing seems to do the trick!!


What am I doing wrong???
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What kinds of plants are you trying? What's the temperature and size of the tank? pH? What are you using for substrate? What wattage are the lightbulbs?

Different plants need different enviroments so I need to know a bit more info to help .




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Are your plants in a tank with any critters? I know I can't use aquatic plants 'cuz my African Clawed frog chews on the roots and kills them.
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The pH of the water is around 6, as far as plants go I just get whatever I can find at my local pet store. I dont often check the pH...I dont use a filter...and those tanks do well...it s just that some plants that are suppose to love the light---dont really do well...I have purchased a new light (flourescent) and is suppose to do great.....but it seems my 10 gallon tanks do better by leaps and bounds than my 30 gallon tank!!- why is that??? what should I be doing???

the light in the 30 gal tank is on 12hr a day, but the only plants that live are the swordtails.

the critters I have in the tank are: 2 mollies, and 2 large plecos

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The pH of the water is around 6, as far as plants go I just get whatever I can find at my local pet store. I dont often check the pH...I dont use a filter...and those tanks do well...it s just that some plants that are suppose to love the light---dont really do well...I have purchased a new light (flourescent) and is suppose to do great.....but it seems my 10 gallon tanks do better by leaps and bounds than my 30 gallon tank!!- why is that??? what should I be doing???

the light in the 30 gal tank is on 12hr a day, but the only plants that live are the swordtails.

the critters I have in the tank are: 2 mollies, and 2 large plecos

any suggestions or opinions???
You don't have a filter? Then I guess you do 100% water changes? In that case it's gonna be tricky to keep alot of plants since there isn't much aeration and the roots will be disturbed on a regular basis.

What is the wattage of the lightbulb you got? It might not be bright enough.

Your pH is pretty low too, but I don't think that's the problem.

I would try anarachis. It's usually cheap and easy to find and it looks pretty nice. It's hardy and easy to care for and adapts to most conditions. You don't want to bury it in the gravel so it roots but instead use a plant weight and leave it floating, resting on top of the gravel.

If it starts getting really tall you can trim it and plant the trimmings.

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What kind of fluorescent aquatic lights should I be using in a 30gal tanl??

In this 30gal, I am using a filter and I usually do a 90% water change every 2 weeks.


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What kind of fluorescent aquatic lights should I be using in a 30gal tanl??

In this 30gal, I am using a filter and I usually do a 90% water change every 2 weeks.
It depends on which plants you want as some prefer brighter bulbs then others. I would get at least a 60-watt, though.




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