My Plants Just Keep On Dying!

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by Fishrfriends101, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. Fishrfriends101New MemberMember

    I bought 5 bunches of plants a few weeks ago as they are very hardy and I thought they would be brilliant for a heavily planted tank.
    I went away this week for 6 days and I came back to see the leaves were all shredded and yellow! I noticed that my molly fish have been pecking at it and trying to pull off the leaves a bit but surely this couldn't be the cause? If anybody has any advice for me I would be very grateful, I'm afraid I don't know the plant species though so hopefully you can tell from the photo! Many thanks in advance!


  2. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    Same here. I currently have that kind of plant in my guppy tank and it keeps on dying! I also don't know what is the cause. Please help us...

  3. bakpauValued MemberMember

    I have the exact same plant, dying as well! waiting for an answer too

  4. Fishrfriends101New MemberMember

    Seems like this plant isn't too great huh?

  5. bakpauValued MemberMember

    Maybe they are still adapting in the new environment? Idk, its been two weeks though
  6. Fishrfriends101New MemberMember

    Yeah possibly, mines been about two or three weeks to
  7. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    My one is two months already!!! LOL XD

    Anyone there can answer our question? Why does this plant keep on dying? Does it need special care?
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  8. bakpauValued MemberMember

    Ive read somewhere that this plant is one of the easiest to take care of, doesnt need fertilizer & they can even grow like weed. That doesnt apply to us
  9. Rj ForsterValued MemberMember

    Hope this helps.
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  10. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    I think our one lacks nitrogen?
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  11. CulpritFishlore VIPMember

    Hmmmm. It looks like elodea, also known as anacharis. Google anacharis and see if it matches the pictures.

    Anacharis is a great plant.... I don't know why its dying. I have some in a 5 gal as an experiment with just one CFL desk lamp shining in and it is taking off.

    It looks like you have algea growth on them, how long ago did you put them in the tank? Do you fertilize? What are your nitrate levels? Did they look like that when you put them in?
  12. bakpauValued MemberMember

    This helps alot thanks. How do we increase nitrogen & co2 levels in the tank?
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  13. barandemir09Valued MemberMember

    Fertilizer for the nitrogen and co2 comes from fish, the actual co2 tanks or excel
  14. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    Actually, I am not pretty sure if it is elodea or anacharis... Are they actually the same?
  15. Fishrfriends101New MemberMember

    I think mine's anacharis it matches the pictures. I got a new tank today with brighter bulbs for a betta, it's about 6 gallon and I've put some of the plants in there and I'm gonna see if it does better in thereI'll update you because it could be the lighting!


    My new betta!The plant I put in here looks quite healthy to be honest!Some are worse than others
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  16. CulpritFishlore VIPMember

    Yes they are the exact same plant. Did it look like this when you bought it? What was it called?

    What is your lighting Psalm_23 ? And what are your nitrate levels?

    Nice betta! Yes thats definitely anacharis and it looks pretty healthy!
  17. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    Actually, I'm quite a noob in taking care of aquariums... :(

    I don't use any lighting but there is a light bulb on the ceiling which provides enough light for the aquarium. I don't even know how to take nitrate levels as I don't have equipment... :(
  18. Brian RodgersWell Known MemberMember

    The API test kit is or was on sale a week ago at Amazon for US$8.00
  19. ZerologistWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks for the info! :)
  20. Fishrfriends101New MemberMember

    That's good! I don't have a test kit either I'll try get one, thanks!

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