My plants keep dying

A forum for plants and all aspects of planted aquariums.

My plants keep dying

Postby p.scott2k » Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:42 am

I have a 180 litre tropical fish tank, with a cascade filtre, a 1metre air stone, and an under gravel suction pump. Everytime I plant new plants into the gravel they die within a couple of months at the longest!
I've tried everything! I add plant food once a week, do my 1 third drain and refill usually once a fortnight, I have a bit of peat in my filter system and I try not to use anti-fungal treatments too often.

Could it be the suction under the gravel that's causing the problem? Should I try increasing the amount of plant food I put in? Could it be algae killing the plants?

Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated!

Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:33 am

Postby krekra » Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:55 am

Well that doesnt sound fun....dieing plants is always frustrating. Unfortunatly it would be hard to really figure thing out without a little more info like the following

dimensions of tank
wattage and type of light bulb/tube
Fish species in the system
type of fertilizer used
CO2 added???
what plants??
what do they look like before they die IE brown, yellow, holes, etc
you mentioned algea...what kind???/

Thanks and welcome to the forum


Just because you can doesnt always mean you should!
User avatar
Posts: 3605
Joined: Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:12 pm
Location: Crownsville MD USA

Postby Tigerhair » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:26 pm

Hi Peter, welcome!

If you can provide us with more info like Karena says, that would be the way to find out more of an idea of what is causing this.

I would expect the under gravel filter (if that is what you meant) isn't doing them any favours. But unless you put in specialist equipment, they will normally die off, unless you use a really hardly plant, after a while anyway. I used to keep some plants going in some tanks but mine also used to get eaten by some of my fishes.
I will be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box, when there's any evidence of thinking going on inside it! Terry Pratchett
User avatar
Posts: 444
Joined: Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:22 am
Location: Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Postby Charlie » Sat Jun 23, 2007 3:36 pm

I was always told that an undergravel filter wont do the plants roots any good, and also not to have an air stone...

As the others have asked, do you ahve any C02?
Also I am not familiar with a cascade filter? Is it as its name suggests?
All Hate me cuz I'm Beautiful
User avatar
Posts: 1795
Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:24 am
Location: In a Purple Spotlight

Return to Plants and Planted Aquariums

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests