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Old 02-03-2011, 03:59 PM   #1 
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Plants dying!

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i have 2 amazon sword plants and a bunch of frogbit. the frogbit are getting brown and so is the amazon swords. i have like an 8500 tropical sunlight t8 lamp for lighting and i had a bare bottom for my spawning tank. but i just now placed in substrate as well so will that help them be healthier? i paid good money for the live plants and dont want them to die.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:11 PM   #2 
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Is your water hard? hard water wont grow any plants. Try using distilled water. Or RO if your fish store sells it by the gallon. Trust me it does wonders.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:16 PM   #3 
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im using conditioned tap water.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:29 PM   #4 
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I heard from several sources that hard water is better for most plants. Some plants like Brazilian pennywort do need softer water though.

You had swords in a bare-bottom tank? Yeah that's most likely the problem. Swords need good substrate or root tabs at the least to do well.

I don't know about the frogbit though. How close is the light to the frogbit? It might be burning them. That or is the water in your tank still or flowing?

If I remember correctly frogbit does better in moving water. An airstone and airpump might benefit your tank, or a small filter. I might be wrong about that though.

Maybe purchasing a liquid fertilizer like API's LeafZone will help?
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:32 PM   #5 
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thanks walley, i think i should be fine how it is now.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:33 PM   #6 
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My water is so hard you can almost lick it... I have had no success with amazon sword & argentine sword - Both south american and native to softer water. My Anacharis, Java Ferns, Wisteria, and apongeton have been thriving though.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:35 PM   #7 
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i think amazon swords need c02, am i wrong?
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:47 PM   #8 
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I dont think it does.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:06 PM   #9 
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Is your water hard? hard water wont grow any plants. Try using distilled water. Or RO if your fish store sells it by the gallon. Trust me it does wonders.
They won't??? Geez - I'll have to tell my growing, thriving plants that (and, yes, I have swords in the mix!)!!!!
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:15 PM   #10 
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