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Old 03-30-2013, 03:38 PM   #1 
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plants dying (I posted this on fish care as well)

What are the general causes for plants dying off? I have 2 tanks, and the same exact plants in both tanks. Water and treatments are the same in both tanks, yet in one tank, the plants are dying and in the other they are not. The only difference is that in the tank where the plants are dying, my fish suffers from constipation. He is fasted often as a result. In the other, my fish is a pooping machine and has NEVER had a problem with constipation. In the dying plant tank, after a week (I change the water weekly), there is hardly any poop to suck out. In the healthy plant tank, there is tons and tons of waste. They are both cycled tanks and readings are normal.
Both tanks are identical, they have the same LED lighting. There is no natural sunlight in that room - direct or indirect (the only room that gets natural lighting has a window right next to the door, and is single-paned, so in the winter, it gets well below freezing by the window and in the summer, can get up to 90 or hotter - not a good spot for fish at all)

Could the lack of fish waste be a factor here? And if so, would fertilizers help? Which fertilizers are good to use?

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Old 03-30-2013, 05:52 PM   #2 
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Well, I have multiple tanks & have practically the exact same inhabitants in each BUT I have found that certain plants do better in certain tanks. Why? I have no idea so I just put plants in that I know will do well. I user Seachem Flourish & Flourish Excel as well as the root tabs. I don't dose the ferts regularly in my 10g tanks or my 5.5g tank as the plants seem to do pretty good without weekly dosing. I do add the ferts at least weekly to my 46g. I know I didn't exactly answer your main question, sorry.
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