Newbie Plant Help

Matty Preston

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Hi,
I'm a newbie in aquariums and I'm seeking some advice on planted tanks!

My plants never do too well, I dose tropica plant growth specialized and keep good water conditions.

My specs:
Tank: Juwel Trigon 190
Lighting: 2x T8
I run lights for 8 hours per day


As you can see from the photos below, my plants aren't very well. Most of the plants I buy either die or never grow.
I have substrate just below the surface of the gravel.

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My question is, what do am i doing wrong!
Is my lighting in-adequate?


Thankyou

-Matty,16,England


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Matty Preston

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Thanks, which product(s)?
Tropica plant growth specialised[DOUBLEPOST=1408604446][/DOUBLEPOST]
Try to lower your lighting period, 6 hours should be enough for low tech. As soon as light come on, plants will ask for CO2 so if you are not injecting CO2 there is only a limit amount of CO2 in the water and thus will run out of fast.
Okay :) I've bought a soda stream co2 cannister and I have ordered an adaptor and a regulator, will this help?
 

dw1305

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Hi all,
I think both light and fertilsers should be OK, I'm not a CO2 user myself and I wouldn't go down that route if all you want is a planted tank.

Some of your plants are being eaten/pulled at by your goldfish, but plants like Anubias and Java Fern should be OK and not eaten. I've got spare plants you can have.

cheers Darrel
 

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