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Thread: Plants dying!

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    I have a question about my plants. I bought an amazon sword plant for my cichlid tank (I read that its a plant that will most likely survive with cichlids) like 6 months ago. I have a 55 gallon with a regular hood (side by side 24's). No special lighting. The sword plant never grew, and in fact, shrunk tiny. Very agrivated, we took it out, and put it into a 30 gallon instead, hoping it would maybe get better with not as big of a tank.

    It has not gotten better, and in fact isn't thriving at all. The leaves are see-thru and opaque. I was told by someone at Petco that without co2 my plants won't thrive. I don't want to bother with a co2 setup, and the same person that told me that, said that someone he knew put seltzer water into their tank, and it made their plants thrive. Has anyone heard of this? Adding carbon dioxide from seltzer water to help the plants?

    I'm interested in hearing if anyone else knows about this.

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    An Amazon Sword shouldn't need CO2 like some other plants need. However it seems your lighting could be the issue. I have a few swords in a 20 gallon tank with standard lighting. They do not thrive but they don't die either. I have standard lighting and I'm pretty sure that this set up just is enough to keep them alive. These plants also like a lot of iron. I've noticed that the one I have in a ten gallon with eco complete is doing much better than the ones in the twenty with standard gravel. I have never tried them but you might look into root tabs. Since you have no special lighting you might look into plants that require less light. I have had great luck with Cryptocoryne Wendtii and Anubias sp Nana. I would assume most other Crypts or Anubias ssp would work as well.

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