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I am in hopes of trying to save my posted earlier...these pots shown are in pots still. I add florapride by tetra to my aquarium weekly and those c02 tabs by jungle labs. I don't know what else to do. I have been told I have about .6 watts/gallon of light in my 55 gallon tank. Anyone out there have any suggestions?
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Last plant is Bacopa monnieri.

I strongly suggest upgrading your light setup. With .6 you will not achieve any plant growth and since your tank I am assuming is new your plants still have some nutritients stored in their cells. With this much light and still applying your CO2 method and fertilizer you are just begging for algae problem.

For proper maintance of planted tank you need:

-light (~2-3wpg)
-CO2 (~20ppm levels)
-macros: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium
-micros: Iron, Magnesium etc. (All could be found in available trace mixes)

If you get those under control you are on your way for healthy planted tank.

Here is mine.

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The main reason the leaves are dying is because most plants you buy from the LFS are grown hydroponically at the supplying nursery. When placed under water completely (i.e., when immersed), aquatic plants will gradually shed their old leaves in favor of better adapted immersed growth. This is a normal occurrence. However, Jay is absolutely right: you in all likelihood will not be able to maintain those plants on such little lighting.
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Good advice, all. I've also seen plants shed their hydroponic - grown leaves when immersed in my tank. New growth took a several weeks to completely replace the emersed leaves, but it should happen.
But you do need more light. If you're on a tight budget, you can add 80 watts to your tank for about $25, which will increase your light levels from 0.6wpg to 2.0 wpg.

Home Depot sells shop light fixtures (white, sheetmetal bodies) for about $10 that house two 40W 48" flourescent bulbs. A good bulb to use is one that Home Depot also carries called the GE Plant&Aquarium bulb. Should be about $6 a piece.

I've got one of these strips on top of my tank, in addition to a CSL 130 watt power compact flourescent. But with the strip light alone, I did get some decent plant growth.

Here's a picture of the strip light on top of my tank...

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