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my Anacharis are dying....please help!

Hi,

I just added some Anacharis (about 20 or so stalks) to my 29gal tank..

In this tank I have 7 female bettas (they seem to like their renewed home).

To be honest I was having an algae problem and read that having live plants could help...so I purchased easy to care for anacharis.


Anyway, nonetheless, I am a beginner at planted tanks and my plants are withering
Most bottom/middle leaves are completely brown...the top ones are still bright green (also no visible growth).

I did a 50% water change/added my usual dose of prime and ph neutralizer before adding in the plants.
I do water changes with my tap.

My tank has a carttridge filter with foam/carbon/biomax.

My tank also has a one of those long flourescent light bulbs...Im not sure how strong it is though as it was a gift.
Although to my eye it seems bright enough (I leave it on for 11-12 hours a day in the day time).

My tank also has a heater, I keep it set to 81 degrees fahrenheit.

I have regular non colored gravel.
I have most of the stalks buried and a couple floating..They tend to float to where the filter dispenses (is that okay)?

One day after the water chaneg my water params were:
ph: 7.0
Ammonia: <0.5ppm
nitrite: 0ppm
nitrate: <=40ppm


What am I doing wrong??
Thanks for the help!!
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Anacharis does well in cooler, hard water.

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It's probably the light. I have anacharis in a bowl with no filter or heater and it's doing great. Most stock bulbs are pretty worthless for plant growth.
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Thanks!!

I will try to find out what kind of bulb I have...but it sounds like anacharis isn't right for me...which other plants would do better with my setup..particularly temperature wise?
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Hello Terries...

Here are the basics to having a planted tank:

You must match the lighting to the plant's requirements. Anacharis needs moderate to bright light. So ideally, you need a couple of 6500 K bulbs totalling 50 to 60 watts. If you don't have that much light, then you can float it close to the light by attaching it loosely to a small piece of driftwood with some thin sewing thread. It doesn't need to be planted. This is what I do and my Anacharis grows very well.

Aquatic plants need water with high mineral levels. Just remove and replace half the water in the tank every week with pure, treated tap water. This keeps the water chemistry stable.

Aquatic plants need nutrients. They get them from a well fish-stocked
tank or a commercial fertilizer in dry, liquid or granules. Just dose according to container instructions.

This is all it really takes to have a nicely planted, healthy tank.

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Which brand/type of fertilizer would you recommend for anacharis? Also would certain fertilizers affect my fish in any way good or bad? I have 7 female bettas. Also would you consider my tank to be well fish-stocked? 7 bettas/29 gallons?

here is a pic...as you can see the bottoms are turning brown. This picture is 2 days old and they have gotten slightly worse since then


I took this picture at night with only the tank light on. Is it bright enough? probably not huh...
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In short, Anacharis is a cold-water plant (great with goldfish). Mid 60 low 70F it can handle, but will die off in your tank at 81F. So, it behaves as expected.

Betas also love taller denser plants so that they can rest on top of them.
Water Wisteria and Water Sprite should work for you much better then Anacharis. Good luck.

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Ok, I just looked up water wisteria...seems like a good match...

I also got to look at my light and it seems to be 20W...is this suitable for water wisteria? Im willing to get a new light if not.


Thanks for the advice guys!
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