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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-18-2017, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
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plants keep melting

hi all any one know why my plants keep melting?
its a new tank 3 days old.
I just test the water.
PH 6.0 or less
ammonia 2.0ppm
NO2 0
NO3 0
co2 inject 6 hrs a day. 1.5 bubbles per second. 40gallon tank. 2 beamwork 36" 6500K LED light
light 6 hrs a day
plants:
blyxa japonica
Alternanthera Reineckii Mini
Ludwigia Arcuata
Green Rotundifolia
Rotala Rotundifolia Indica
Bucephalandra Petite Red Mini
Hygrophila Lancea Araguaia
Alternanthera Bettzickian
triangle moss
HYGROPHILA POLYSPERMA 'SUNSET'
Hydrocotyle tripartita "Japan"
Hemianthus Callitrichoides Cuba
cryptocoryne wendtii brown
Proserpinaca Palustris 'Cuba'
Staurogyne Repens
Ludwigia sp. Mini 'Super Red'

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-18-2017, 02:58 AM
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plants keep melting

Plants usually take a couple of weeks to adjust. Old growth will melt off then new growth will form. That's a lot of plants. Got a pic?


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blyxa japonica
Staurogyne Repens
cryptocoryne wendtii brown
these 3 plants almost all melt.
the rest looks still OK. but not so healthy.

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Plants usually take a couple of weeks to adjust. Old growth will melt off then new growth will form. That's a lot of plants. Got a pic?


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Plants usually take a couple of weeks to adjust. Old growth will melt off then new growth will form. That's a lot of plants. Got a pic?


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Bump: I just trim the blyxa japonica dead leaves
cryptocoryne wendtii brown 3 stem dead
Staurogyne Repens some of them already melt

Bump: the water still not clear

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Ammonia is too high and you need water column dosing.


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All of the plants you listed take time to adjust. S repens' old leaves usually will blacken away and then you can trim the new green growth and replant and pull up the old stem. Blyxa takes forever to root and the old growth will start looking dodgy. Give it a few weeks and then give it a small trim. All crypts seem to take a while for me to get going nice. You should dose but probably just a little potassium for now given that you have tons of ammonia and a little trace nutrients from the water already. After a couple of weeks start incorporating more nutrients but let the plants do the talking.


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All of the plants you listed take time to adjust. S repens' old leaves usually will blacken away and then you can trim the new green growth and replant and pull up the old stem. Blyxa takes forever to root and the old growth will start looking dodgy. Give it a few weeks and then give it a small trim. All crypts seem to take a while for me to get going nice. You should dose but probably just a little potassium for now given that you have tons of ammonia and a little trace nutrients from the water already. After a couple of weeks start incorporating more nutrients but let the plants do the talking.


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I dont have any live stock in the tank. why amonia so high?

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I assumed you were dosing ammonia to get the cycle started. No?
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I dont have any live stock in the tank. why amonia so high?


Are you asking that question and not dosing ammonia? If so, stop drinking or using that water immediately.


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The OP is using aquasoil so ammonia spikes are to be expected. You should be changing your water a few times a week till it subsides.
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A half capful of seachem prime a few days for a week should also help to process that ammonia into a form the plants can utilize a little sooner. Another thing you could try to help prevent future plant melting is to slightly decrease the temperature of the tank. While normal temp. is around 78F, decreasing to 74 or 75F is a bit easier on some especially sensitive plants like HC Cuba.

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