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Hi,
earlier I elaborated a little bit mroe but when I submitted it my many minutes of typing were lost to a server error so I'll going to try and be bried. I currently have three aquariums; a twenty gallon nano reef, a 55 gallon african cichlid, and a 30gallon planted tank. The planted tank has been giving me problems. It has been set up for two years as a fish only tank and I only started with the whole plant thing about four months ago, mimicking my deceased uncle's successful methods that he used on a 55gallon. My plants were healthy when I got them but now things are getting pretty ugly. I have pics to tell my story better. Can you please give me advice? I'll list my tank's specs and they're probably all bad, but please don't tear my apart for my mistakes.

30 gallons
lighting- T5 2X21w (6700k and 10,000k)
substrate- typical river gravel conditioned with Flourish
No CO2 added because I figured that this was low light
I supplement weekly with Plant Gro, a liquid fertilizer
religiously change water 5 gallons/ week

I have traces of Nh4 and NO2 but they are effects of plant die offs, not the causes.

problems- The plants are starting to wither away. I had a fish eating some of them but I found the culprit and it had been removed and I doubt it had a large impact because it was small. I read that you can plant the bunch plants in the soil, but the bases of them always rot away on me and they uproot and float all over the place. Can you please help me find the root(s) of my problem?
Thank you very much,
Dan
 

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thanks for the quick responses. What's awesome is drsfosterandsmith.com (owners of liveaquaria.com) are havinga 25 year anniversary sale on those products. I added two root fertilizers to under the sword. The red ludwgia I guess is just going to die. I feel bad about that. I guess everyone makes their mistakes. I'll do a diy yeast CO2 system. I have a question about it. The big concern with them seems to be how to dissolve the CO2 into the water. I have a powerhead that has a small strip of airline tubing going from its top to the surface and it uses this to suck in oxygen from the air and blow bubbles into the water. Would it be ok for me to stick the airline tubing coming from the reactor into this powerhead where it will shoot out into the water? Thanks for all of your respones!
 
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