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Old 08-12-2010, 12:47 AM   #1
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Keeping Live Plants

I just bought two live plants. They were beautiful and green about three hours ago when I bought them, but now they're not looking as good. I need all the advice I can get on how to keep live plants and what the requirements in the water need to be. I've never kept live plants before and the lady at the store made it sound like there was nothing to it.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:08 AM   #2
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Aww, plants are not so tough. Low light plants will do well in most tanks even if they are low tech. Did you do anything to treat the plants before adding them in your tank? Did you let them dry out, or keep them submerged in water the whole time before adding? Do you use any anti-algae chemicals in your tank?

Also, what temp. is your tank maintained at? Some plants prefer cooler waters, and they require acclimating to higher temperatures.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:11 AM   #3
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where are the plants now? and what are the water parameters? and what plants are they?

I don't know much about plants, but if you need help, we need more information about whats happening to give you informed advice.
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It's possible they were grown emersed (out of water) and are converting to their submersed (water) forms. What kind of plants are they?
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:27 AM   #5
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They're both narrow leaf hygro. My cycle is set, my temp is 77, and my ph is 6.3-6.4. That's all I can tell you. I don't have anything to test phosphates, calcium, or nitrogen. They're still getting worse. I might have to take them back and stick to fake plants unless I can get some good advice.
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If they're getting enough light, then I can't really help you ><

Anyways, nitrogen is just another name for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates and other things that have nitrogen in them.
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Insufficient light is usually the cause of plants dying. What kind of light are you running?
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:39 AM   #8
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BigJim is on the right track. What type of lights do you have? Could you post the wording that is on the bulb(s), it usually tells you how many watts. It is either lack of light or lack of nutrients.
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I honestly doubt that after only 3 hours of having them, its due to light or nutrients (well, at least not the lack of... maybe too much?). I'd say its more of an acclimation issue.
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Good point rookie, I must have skimmed over the OP. I'd say acclimation, handling or just plain bad plants to begin with are the culprits then.
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