Bad plant karma
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?
(or maybe it's karma...I can never keep non-aquarium plants alive either.....)
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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.
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.
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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