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Discussion in 'Planted Chit Chat' started by sadness child, Mar 2, 2019.

  1. sadness child

    sadness child New Member

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    all of my plants are dieing and uprooted with no roots please help

     
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    What sort of plants do you have?
    Post pictures of them if you are unsure. Set the camera's resolution to its lowest setting so the images fit on here.

    Do you have a light on the tank and if so, what type, how many watts is the globe, how long is the light on for each day?

    How deep/ thick is the gravel in the tank?

    What fish are in the tank?

    The following link is about growing plants in pots. Post #2 has info that might be helpful if you don't have much gravel in the tank.
    http://www.fishforums.net/threads/keeping-live-plants-potted.451346/
     
  3. sadness child

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    hornwort, jungle val, banana plant, red leaf ludwigia, anacharis,
     
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    Hornwort doesn't have roots and normally floats around. However, if you get it during cold weather, it will usually fall apart as soon as you put it in a tropical aquarium. If you want hornwort, then get it during summer when it is hot outside. Then the pond water (where the plant is grown) will be warmer and the plant will be less likely to fall apart in your tank. Alternatively, get it from another tropical tank.

    Jungle Vallis is not the best plant to get. It has similar issues to Hornwort and falls apart when taken from cold water ponds and put in tropical tanks. Narrow Vallis is a better option.

    Banana Plant, I assume is a banana lily pad that is floating in the tank. If so, they grow a few floating leaves and develop a root system. Then they shed the leaves, drop to the bottom and grow into the substrate. Once in the substrate they send up new leaves that float on the surface. The leaves need to remain dry on top or they rot. And they need a fair amount of light (so does giant/ jungle vallis).

    Anarchis (aka Elodia) is normally grown in cold water ponds. Again if you get it during winter the plant suffers from shock when you put it in a tropical aquarium. If it settles in, then it usually does well, but you should buy it in warm weather, not during winter.

    Red Leaf Ludwigia should be alright. However, if it came from a cold water pond, then it probably has the same issue as the other plants you got. If it sheds its leaves it should grow them back assuming the stem hasn't died and started to rot. If the stem is soft and mushy then it is dead and you should remove it from the tank. If the stem is still firm and has no soft mushy bits, then plant the bottom couple of inches in the substrate and give it lots of light.

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    An iron based liquid plant fertiliser can help. I use Sera Florena but there are other brands available too. Don't bother with fancy fertilisers that contain all sorts of things like carbon, just use an iron based one.

    Have the lights on for about 10-12 hours a day. If you get lots of green algae growing on the glass then reduce the lighting period or add more plants.

    Have at least 2 inches of gravel for the plants to grow roots in. If you don't want lots of gravel then grow them in pots as described in the following link.
    http://www.fishforums.net/threads/keeping-live-plants-potted.451346/

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    Some good plants to try include: Ambulia, Hygrophila polysperma, H. rubra/ ruba, Hydrilla (looks like Elodia/ Anarchis but is found in warm water), common Amazon Sword plant, Narrow Vallis, Water Sprite (Ceratopteris thalictroides/ cornuta).

    The Water Sprite is a floating plant but can also be grown in the substrate. The other plants should be planted in the gravel.
     
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    i forgot that i also have dwarf hair grass
     
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    hair grass is not a true aquatic plant and rarely does well underwater for any length of time.
     

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