plants dying, ugh

Janmitch22

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I have borneo (malaysian) swords and they just aren't doing well. They're browning and just falling off slowly. What should I do? Is it that they need gravel? They're in sand currently. Do they need a chemical pick-me-up?
 

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In which one of your tanks are the sword plants? And what is the wattage over that tank? Could well that it's lighting that is too low. I don't know whether swords "love" gravel, but my guess would be that they prefer finer substrates, and substrates that are generally set up for a planted tank. My swords also don't do too well. They're alive but I also have some leaves decaying over time. I remove them regularly. Somehow the plants are still alive. It must be luck because they're rather at least moderate light plants and my light is VERY low!
 

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It's probably your lighting. I don't think the gravel would be an issue. I have seen them in all types of tanks. Lighting is usually the problem with these plants since most tanks have only standard lighting which is usually not enough for swords.
 

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this it

The top is aquatic and the bottom is not. They are both called Borneo swords. The bottom is frequently sold as aquatic.
Carol
 
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The top one, aglaonema simplex. I saw a guy walking around WalMart with "aquarium lighting for plants" or something like that. It was a strip light and I probably could use what he had. I wonder what section that'd be in...I should have asked.
 
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Sweet. I checked the fish aisle; they have 20 watt lights, but that's lower than what I have...sheesh. Lighting aisle it is!
 
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