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Starting out - plants not looking healthy (pics)

Hi guys,

I've had a fully cycled tank for a few weeks now, but after such period, I can't help but notice my plants lack of healthiness.

They seem to be losing colour - turning pale, and losing lusciousness.

They are getting about 7 hours of artificial light a day. Whilst bright, the light is a cheap LED strip light. I doubt the bulbs are anything but those you might find in a typical flashlight - certainly not dedicated growing lamps by any stretch, although I was led to believe these would suffice.

The water temp is roughly 24 degrees celcius.

Please see pictures. Would be grateful for any tips!





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Could be the lights especially if it is a deeper tank. Do you have anything below the sand like soil? What are you doing for fertilization?


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It's probably those led lights. They don't look very bright to me.
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Nothing is beneath the soil, and Im not specifically feeding them anything.

The plants share the tank with 5 cherry barbs if that makes a difference.

Pic for brightness reference.

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Could be a combination of things. The lighting might not be up to the task but on top of that the plants are not able to draw any nutrients from the substrate or water column only what they are getting from fish waste. Maybe try some root tabs before trying a more expensive light.


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Plants need CO2, light, nutrients, and water to thrive. You have water covered. The light looks too low.

You need to add CO2 and nutrients (Ambient CO2 is too low for aquatic plants). Or you can add a layer of prepared soil under the substrate where it can release nutrients and bacterial activities will release CO2 naturally.


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