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Old 08-17-2014, 01:32 PM   #1 
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Plant help?

I find I need to replace my plants probably once a month because they start to die and look gross. Any suggestions how to keep plants alive?

I have a 25 gal tank with gravel and LED lights. I sometimes leave the curtains open for a little bit to help them grow, but then I get that annoying algae I need to scrape off cause my pleco can't seem to get it. I add fluval plant grow stuff as well.
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Old 08-17-2014, 01:46 PM   #2 
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What plants are they?

Also what pleco is it?
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Old 08-17-2014, 01:54 PM   #3 
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I believe I have ludwigia and I'm not honestly sure what the others are called.I think I have a type of fern which I was told won't live well underwater but it's doing better then the others I had. I've tried many different kinds though.

I think it's just a regular pleco.
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Okay, ludwigia isnt a beginner plants. Same with the other on, most likely. For live plants, they are actually very easy to care for. Some easy plants are;
Dwarf sag
Jungle val
Marimo moss balls
Java ferns and anibias (tie to driftwood or rocks)
Frogbit and dwarf water lettuce (floatimg plants)
Bacopa
Dwarf lily
Onion plant
Water sprite
Amazon swords
All these plants are impossible to kill.

Some tips for plants;
Get some root tabs
Flourish comprehensive
Flourish excel
Only keep your lights on for 9-10 hours
Get a small powerhead to add more flow (plants love flow)
Rehome the pleco, it will get WAY to large and will rip up plants.

The more growing plants you have the less algae you will have.
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:00 PM   #5 
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+1 tankman

Common plecos grow to over a foot and are quite destructive in a planted tank. They require preferably 75 gallons. I would recommend rehoming it or putting it in a big tank (if you have one).
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:06 PM   #6 
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I know the pleco will out grow my tank, but hes only small right now. I find my tank gets a lot worse without him
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:10 PM   #7 
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Algae wise?

That is why more plants will help. Especially the floating plants.
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:18 PM   #8 
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Yes my decorations turn brown too. I'll have to see about getting those other plants. Would Otos better then a pleco?
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:35 PM   #9 
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Not in this case. A couple nerite snails. Or a bushynose pleco would work.
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:40 PM   #10 
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Not sure about the impossible to kill Amazon Swords. I managed to kill one in one of my tanks. I definitely agree with Java fern and have found my Water Wisteria live through just about anything.
If you go after Cabomba later make sure your water is soft, not hard. I have hard water and my Cabomba fell apart and melted overnight with the help of my elephant ear hmpk. Depending on your lighting(I have CFLs myself) and whether or not you choose to do ferts, Alternanthera reineckii and Alternanthera lilacina seem to be pretty hard to kill (I had one in a tank with 10 watt incandescents, no ferts,no CO2 and they survived. Add 50/50 CFLs, CO2 and ferts and they're probably one of the best growing things in my tanks. However, I have read this is a finicky plant. If you get enough plants going you could also get a school of dwarf cory cats going depending on the bioload of what's already in there. In a 25 gallon you could easily host a school of 10 or so without stressing them. However you need plenty of hiding spots for them or they stress.

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