Okay so I just got some anarchis and java fern for my 1.75 and 2.5 gallon fish tank. I put a desk lamp next to both tanks, the 2.5 gallon tank got a 20 watt CFL light, and the 1.75 gallon got a 9 watt CFL light. I give both tanks roughly 8 hours of light a day.
But, my plants are dying! I don't add anything to the water (No fertilizers or plant chemicals), but I do put them in a seperate bowl of water (conditioned because IDK if it would harm the plants or not to not be conditioned) during water changes. The plants are all not that big, but I swear the one plant doing well is one of my java ferns. The one in the 2.5 gallon tank I swear has literally doubled in size in the two days since I've gotten it... How fast do java ferns grow? And how large do they get?
Also, why are my other plants dying? Most of them were already partially rotted when I got them because I don't think my LFS uses the right kind of lights. Do you think this has doomed them? One java fern in particular is doing terrible... It's floating arond and its leaves are half melted and there are brown spots on it... do you think it's because it's floating? The plant that's doing the best, my good java fern, is not floating, so maybe that's helpful. The Anarchis are also losing leaves and getting a few little brown spots on their stems. Today I removed a section out of the bottom of most of the Anarchis because there were no leaves.
Help! I need to know why my plants are dying! i really wanted to use them, but I'm afraid I'll have to remove them from my tanks because of rotting...