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Are my plants dying? Help.

please help. I just setup my planted tank 3 days ago. [IMG][/IMG]

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plants are amazon swords and star grass.

Bump: i dont have co2 yet, gonna have diy co2. light is 20w cfl 6500k. 20 gallon tank.
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Pull the crowns of the sword plants even with the substrate. You should be able to just see the roots at the crown. 3 days is too soon to worry.
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ok ill wait and see what happens.
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All new plants tend to melt when changing from one enviroment to another in this case different water parameters, don't worry they will come back.
One thing I learned to have in this hobbie is patience and consistency so be patient and continue with your schedule water changes so they adapt faster.
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how should i do water change? 50% or 20 or 30% weekly??
also do i need to dose flourish excel?
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I've never had plant react because of being new to the tank. you should cut the yellowing leaves and pull the crowns up a little level to the substrate, and see if there's any sign of new growth.
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okay ill try that as well.
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How often do you do water changes? On my new tank I do a 1/3 water change every day for first week and then the 2nd and 3rd weeks I do it every other day. In 4 weeks I am completely cycled. :-)

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oh do i need to do water changes? i was told to do 30% water change every week. I just setup this tank 4 days ago so did not do any water changes. Ill do it tonight.
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oh do i need to do water changes? i was told to do 30% water change every week. I just setup this tank 4 days ago so did not do any water changes. Ill do it tonight.
There are a few ways to cycle a tank but what works for me is a 1/3 daily water change first week then 1/3 change every other day 2nd and 3rd week. That has worked for me and 4th week my levels are good to add some algae eating shrimps and a small occo fish they eat algae also and they all produce waste. Remember Patience is key.

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Yeah patience. I think i should add a diy co2.
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Pull the crowns of the sword plants even with the substrate. You should be able to just see the roots at the crown. 3 days is too soon to worry.
I agree.. pull all the plant just a tad. Looks like there all planted to deep.
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Yeah patience. I think i should add a diy co2.
Not all plants need CO2. Check to see if yours plants need that b4 you do CO2.

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all my plants are low tech plants. by the way is that brown mud like thing on the plants are algae? they get clear a bit when i clean the leaves with my finger. is that algae?
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all my plants are low tech plants. by the way is that brown mud like thing on the plants are algae? they get clear a bit when i clean the leaves with my finger. is that algae?
Diatoms you'll be dealing with that for a bit, mine lasted a couple of months, it'll stop on its own. Just wipe it off of the leaves and surfaces before doing your water change. An oto or two would help as well they love the stuff.
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