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    Hi, I have a few live plants in my new aquarium and I wanted to know how to care for them properly. One of my plants is already dying so I'm really worried about it. This is my first real aquarium so I have little knowledge of taking care of live plants, if any of you could help me that would be great!

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    Many live plants are generally grown with only their roots submerged in water for faster growth so that they can be sold sooner. When grown fully aquatic, they need to adjust and grow under water, which means letting the current stalks to die in order to grow new ones.

    It would help to let us know what type of plant, size of tank, and if the tank was cycled.

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    I have a 10 gallon tank that is not yet fully cycled. Two of my plants are amazon swords and the other two I'm not sure about because they were in an assorted group at Petco.

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    Aquarium plants need a sufficient amount of light and nutrients. What type of light of light are you using? In my experience, amazon swords need a pretty high amount of light. This is one way that they intake energy. The other way that they intake energy is through their roots and leaves. This is accomplished by having a nutrient rich substrate and supplementing aquarium fertilizers. For more cost effective options, I recommend Green Leaf Aquariums for dry fertilizers or you can use more common brands like Seachem. Check out what is local to you. I don't know what Petco has but I do know that Petsmart carries an assortment of Seachem Products.

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    What type of lighting do you have on this tank? Ime, amazon swords respond the best to root tabs since they are heavy root feeders. I use the DIY Osmotote tabs and Flourish gravel supplements. If your other plant is a stem plant, it might have trouble growing until you add your fish, it might need a fertilizer in the water column. Amazon swords grow fine with just root tabs and don't require a fert in the water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcraze2 View Post
    What type of lighting do you have on this tank? Ime, amazon swords respond the best to root tabs since they are heavy root feeders. I use the DIY Osmotote tabs and Flourish gravel supplements. If your other plant is a stem plant, it might have trouble growing until you add your fish, it might need a fertilizer in the water column. Amazon swords grow fine with just root tabs and don't require a fert in the water.
    I don't know why but my main amazon sword needed a lot of water column fertilizers. I was using a fluorite substrate which has a heavy nutrient base but it would often times still wilt if I didn't regularly dose iron. Maybe it was just a really picky amazon sword lol

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