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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-17-2018, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Failing on Planted Tank

Not sure why this time round I am failing on the aquatic plant tank front. Several years ago, I was growing everything and anything. Now I have worked my way through the easiest plants list and nothing thrives.

Have a 55g with sand substrate. Freshwater with 9 hours light per day via Aquasky lighting.
Dose ferts once a week as per instructions.
Ferts sticks in substrate near base of root plants.
Dose CO2 daily (or every other day if miss occasional)
Weekly water changes done.
Bubbler for extra oxygen/movement and canister filtration.

Plants that will definitely not grow: grasses, amazon swords, bacopus, dwarf hairgrass, HYGROPHILA

Things hanging in there but holes, melting, etc: Barteri, bacopa, CRYPTOCORYNE BECKETTII, crypts, ECHINODORUS various

Sort of hanging in there: POGOSTEMON HELFERI

Currently carpet algae crawling over it but doing the best ok: Giant Anubias (has had flowers)

I can't keep topping up the plants dying out every other month, need to fix or get some plants that will thrive. Any help for a lost soul appreciated.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-17-2018, 07:12 PM
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What fertilizer are you dosing?
How much?
What carbon source are you dosing? You can't "dose" CO2...
How much?
What type of root tabs?
What source of water are you using?

Fluval Aquasky would give you low light plant options only, especially on a standard 55 gal (assuming 20+ inches tall)

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-17-2018, 10:53 PM
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Planted tanks generally need as much co2 as possible and all the co2 you inject will be counteracted by that bubbler.

Also, try thrive brand ferts. I have had a lot of success with them in the past year on my 75G. And previous commenter is right about your light - that will only grow low light plants. On my 75G I have 3 finnex ray2 lights on a 10 hour cycle with a 2 hour break in the middle of the day to allow for co2 build up
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