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post #1 of 5 Old 12-03-2011, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Freshwater Plants

SO i have a 39 gallon fish tank, I've had it for about a year, and I bought 5 live plants to put in it. Now, only 1 of those is still alive (and its slowly dieing). They all died so quickly. (I did weekly 50 to 75 percent water changes.)

2 questions about it
Is there sonething i could get to put in the water to improve the plants health?

Could my fish have killed them? (sword tails, gourami, angels, pleco)

I really want to find out cause it used to look nice (like in the picture) but now it looks empty and bare.
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-03-2011, 11:01 PM
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What plants did you add to your tank? I think I see some hornwort in there. Nothing kills that. Is that what is still left alive?


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post #3 of 5 Old 12-04-2011, 12:03 AM
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What kind of lights do you have? Bulbs how many? What type? T8, T5no, T5ho?
Were you adding anything for plant fertilizer?
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-04-2011, 01:23 AM
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I think plant fertilizers would increase the chances of them being alive. :)
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-04-2011, 12:15 PM
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It is likely a combination of issues, some of which have been mentioned by other members in this thread. We do need to know your details though in order to suggest anything.

Generally speaking, growing healthy plants in a fish tank is as easy or easier than the fish. But plants do need good light and nutrients. From the photo the light looks fine, but knowing the data (what is printed on the end of the tube) would help. And knowing what if any fertilizer you are using, and how often.


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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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