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I recently set up a little tank (actually a two gallon fish bowl) that I want as a low tech tank. I have miracle grow organic as the substrate (mixed with the substrate from the lake which is pretty sandy), covered by aquarium gravel and planted with a couple plants from a lake near my home. I dont have any CO2 setup. But every time I tried putting those plants in, they stay alright for a day or two and then start melting.

Could anyone please help me?

I disinfect my plants by soaking them in 2 gallons water with two table spoons of bleach and then change the water a couple times to rinse off any left over bleach before putting them in the bowl.. What am I doing wrong, or is it something with the way I am disinfecting them, or problem with the substrate...Any and all suggestions, comments welcome.

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It's difficult to give an answer without knowing how you light the bowl and what kind of plants they are.

If you aren't trying to keep fish in the bowl then I wouldn't bother "disinfecting". That could then be eliminated as any possible cause.
 

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Sorry I didnt mention that earlier. The bowl gets natural sunlight from the window, may be 6 hrs of direct sunlight and 2-3 hrs of indirect.

I have tried Vals, Cadomba, Ceratophyllum, and Ludwigia. Only the Ludwigia survived. I want to have guppies at a later stage, so that was the reason I wanted to disinfect the plants.
 

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Thanks!

Do you suppose using Flourish Excel twice or three times a week (used according to the ratio suggested, of course) until the plants take hold and decreasing dose after that, will suffice? Or should I feed them something else too?
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I will get an air stone and comprehensive asap. I just put a lamp (a common desk goose neck lamp) over the bowl. So that might help a bit too.
 
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