Tank Wont Grow Anything.

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by Kingofnon, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. Kingofnon

    KingofnonValued MemberMember

    Tank is a year old, crystal clear water, fish are happy, but i cant grow a single plant before it goes black, brown, see through, just gross looking, dark leafs etc etc

    So i put a lot of time in this tank and want real not fake plants. Anyone suggest anything or any plant, or have any answers??

    Equipment and parameters

    Tank 70g

    - Finnex planted 24/7 light on max 10 hours a day

    2 filters - fluval 304 and aquean 75

    Temp - 81

    Seachem fertilizers being used pretty much all of them on a proper routine.

    Just did all tests before writing this.

    Ammonia - 0ppm
    Nitrite - 0ppm
    Nitrate - 5.0ppm
    GH - 12
    KH - 7

    Turned off my inline uv for now as i dont think it was helping

    No CO2

    So.... Help?
  2. MD_Plants

    MD_PlantsWell Known MemberMember

    Do you mind sending a picture? It’s true when a picture can speak 1000 words... what is your substrate?
  3. VeiltailKing

    VeiltailKingWell Known MemberMember

    What plants have you tried?
  4. Fahn

    FahnFishlore VIPMember

    Keep in mind that most of the plants sold at pet shops were NOT grown underwater, but emmersed in a greenhouse. These plants are not adapted to being submersed and in essence will drown. Once they die back and "melt" they compensate by putting off new growth adapted to being submersed. This process can sometimes take a couple of weeks with slower growing plants.

    Also I agree with @VeiltailKing, what plants have you tried?
  5. OP

    KingofnonValued MemberMember

    See they look aweful.... i thought my tank was dunning nicely but there has to be somthing wrong

    Attached Files:

  6. WinterSoldier.

    WinterSoldier.Well Known MemberMember

    It actually doesn't look that bad.
  7. VeiltailKing

    VeiltailKingWell Known MemberMember

    Those don’t look horrible. You may have a few deficiencies going on though. You can read up on plant deficiencies here: Deficiency List for Plants
  8. Thunder_o_b

    Thunder_o_bFishlore VIPMember

    Well it is not the lighting or the ferts. I use both. I am seeing plants that look like they are sitting on rocks and not in the substrate. Is that the case? if so you need to properly plant them and use root tabs.

    Cut your lighting back to 6-7 hrs a day. I have three of the Finnix plant 24/7 CC it is a strong light. Do you have the RGB turned all the way up?

    Is your ph in the 6's? Might be too low....

    EDIT: Are you using Iron and Potassium in your plant feeding rotation?
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2018
  9. OP

    KingofnonValued MemberMember

    Ph is 7.6

    Correct they are on rocks, i was told not to bury the roots.

    I use

    Thanks all. Ill keep trying, i just want sonething to look nice and green, rather than black or ghostly
  10. VeiltailKing

    VeiltailKingWell Known MemberMember

    That might be your problem there. Exactly what plants do you have?
  11. VeiltailKing

    VeiltailKingWell Known MemberMember

    Woah! Extremely sorry :( Double post.
  12. Giul

    GiulWell Known MemberMember

    Is the third one a sword plant? If so you should plant it in the substrate

    Edit: I don’t know how to count and meant the Fifth
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2018
  13. FishFor2018

    FishFor2018Well Known MemberMember

    the only one that shouldn't be planted is the one in the third picture :) all the ones in to other pictures would do better if planted.
    is picture #2 a Wisteria or a carpet plant?
    What is picture #3?
    is picture #4 a bunch of rotala?
    Is picture #5 an amazon sword?
  14. -Mak-

    -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    All of them can and should be planted. Since you have sand (no nutritional value) root tabs would help.
    Are you following the seachem dosing chart?
    You also have algae issues, which are usually caused by imbalance of ferts and CO2 in relation to light. It can sound confusing, but for now cut your lighting to 7 hours