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post #1 of 4 Old 06-20-2011, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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So, in my Few years of fishkeeping, I have never been able to keep a live plant alive for more than a month. Not even the most hardy ones. All my water params are good (ammonia, nitrites 0, nitrates 10-20) hardness is soft. What am I doing wrong, what can I do to help?

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(or maybe it's karma...I can never keep non-aquarium plants alive either.....)
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-20-2011, 12:53 PM
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Its probably your lighting. What kind of plants were you trying to keep? I have killed a lot of plants to but have good luck with rotala and bacopa.
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-20-2011, 01:12 PM
it would help us if you can tell us what types of plants you wish to keep. Like terrestrial plants, different plants have different requirments, for example, some plants like java fern will turn translucent when under too much light and other plants like HC Cuba will melt if there is not enough light. If you can give us some plants you want, we may be able to give you suggestions on changes to be made to have the plants grow better.
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-20-2011, 01:29 PM
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Yes, light is the single most important issue for growing aquarium plants. With adequate light--spectrum, intensity and duration--several plants will manage fine. Not all plants, but the majority. If you tell us the specs of your light, we should be able to offer advice. Sometimes just changing the tube or bulb does it, plus having the best plants for that setup.


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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

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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