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I'm new to having a planted tank. My current setups are three 20 gallon long tanks divided into four sections to each house a male Betta. Each section has a sponge filter and water is heated to 80. Here is the story. I had black sand in my tanks that held plants for a little bit before they died. I decided to change my tanks to white sand and plants. I seeded the tanks with their old sponge filters as they had the good bacteria in them and those tanks were cycled. Got some plants in and next day they start dying and are dead by the next. All seem like they are just turning really pale in color and melting. Tested my water and everything seemed fine. The GH is a bit high, our water is pretty hard. No nitrites, some nitrates and no ammonia. Bought some new plants from someone else and they did the same thing. I'm using root tabs for the swords and also liquid fertilizer. I talked to a guy that I bought plants from and told him what happened. He said it sounded like bacteria or fungus. This is happening in ALL three tanks. I thought maybe it could be that or the sand. I decided to take one of the tanks and gut the whole thing. I disinfected it and place Carib-Sea plant substrate in and new filters. I went and bought Anacheris plants to see what would happen. They lasted a little longer but I put them in a week ago and they are already losing color and turning brown and soft. This tank I have been monitoring like crazy since it a fish in cycle. I have done partial water changes every two days for the ammonia spikes. Today I just bought a co2 system but its too early to tell if its going to work. I thought I was in the clear because the Anacheris didn't die after three days so I ordered more plants a couple of days ago that will be arriving tomorrow!! I don't know what else to do for the problem. Please tell me someone has an idea.
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My 20 gallon long I don't think it's the sand I have black sand mix with ADA Amazonian soil. I think you have to balance your aquarium took me 4 to 5 months to get stable. I also use API Leaf Zone I dose 10mm once a week, That's all I use and water change 10 percent every 3 to 4 weeks. Super balance I also keep it simple no Co2 light I have 30 inch Finnex 24/7 Planted led fixture 8 hrs a day. Eheim 150 classic canister filter and one Aqua clear 30 just for extra bacteria but not necessary.Also 2 Finnex clip on leds smaller ones but not necessary.

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I'm new to having a planted tank. My current setups are three 20 gallon long tanks divided into four sections to each house a male Betta. Each section has a sponge filter and water is heated to 80. Here is the story. I had black sand in my tanks that held plants for a little bit before they died. I decided to change my tanks to white sand and plants. I seeded the tanks with their old sponge filters as they had the good bacteria in them and those tanks were cycled. Got some plants in and next day they start dying and are dead by the next. All seem like they are just turning really pale in color and melting. Tested my water and everything seemed fine. The GH is a bit high, our water is pretty hard. No nitrites, some nitrates and no ammonia. Bought some new plants from someone else and they did the same thing. I'm using root tabs for the swords and also liquid fertilizer. I talked to a guy that I bought plants from and told him what happened. He said it sounded like bacteria or fungus. This is happening in ALL three tanks. I thought maybe it could be that or the sand. I decided to take one of the tanks and gut the whole thing. I disinfected it and place Carib-Sea plant substrate in and new filters. I went and bought Anacheris plants to see what would happen. They lasted a little longer but I put them in a week ago and they are already losing color and turning brown and soft. This tank I have been monitoring like crazy since it a fish in cycle. I have done partial water changes every two days for the ammonia spikes. Today I just bought a co2 system but its too early to tell if its going to work. I thought I was in the clear because the Anacheris didn't die after three days so I ordered more plants a couple of days ago that will be arriving tomorrow!! I don't know what else to do for the problem. Please tell me someone has an idea.
Any pics of your tank and plants?

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Black sand is definitely not the problem
This is my tank with inert black sand.
What you need to do is balance your tank and provide the plants with what they need:
1. Ample Light
2. Nutrients (Fertilizers, I use nilocg Thrive)
3. Co2
4. Good Circulation(Underestimated IMO)
If you meet these criteria, your plants should grow like mad.


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