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Dying Plant...

Can it be saved?

It's a filtered 1.5 gallon tetra tank with a heater and Betta and Nerite snail.

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It definitely can be saved. It is dying because it is not getting enough nutrients. Looks like you need a substrate for that melon sword plant. Remove whatever is attached to that sword and the decoration on the bottom if possible. Then get a good substrate for plants like eco-complete, plant that sword in eco, dose npk+trace lightly once every week, and give it some root tabs buried under the sub and near it's root system; only then you will definitely see improvements over time eventually. Good luck.

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I can't actually put soil in the tank because it's bedside in a hospital. Would I be able to just dose with some kind of fert like flourish? Still very new to the planted tank thing. Is there such a thing as a all-in-one fert?
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You don't need a fancy substrate--plain old aquarium gravel will do, or you can go with other inert options like sand, fluorite or similar products--but the plant does need to be planted *in* something, not perched up in the light.

Once you've got the roots covered--and you'll need at least a couple inches to do the job--the next step is fertilization. If it's getting low to moderate light, you can probably get away with just a root tab tucked up under it, adding a new one every couple of months or as needed.
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how often are you doing water changes and are you using faucet water? Your sword just needs more nutrients. You can leave it growing on that rock but it really would benefit from some substrate like eco-complete or even just sand with a root tab on the bottom.
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Doing 30% water changes with treated tap water every other day. Just bought some flourish hopefully that'll help. Gonna try to pot it with gravel in a small terra cotta pot. Also found out all the hospital water is filtered so I'm guessing the water doesn't contain enough nutrients?

Thanks for the advice.

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