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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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red tiger lotus, do they melt like crypts when transplanted?

Or an I just killing it? Received 2 very cool tiger lotuses 2 or 3 days ago, planted right away. The leaves seem to be melting at record speeds, the little one has 2 leaves left and one has turned see-through (leaf and stem) just since this morning.

I hope it recovers, I was leery about crypts when I first started but they really come back beautiful after a melt.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 07:45 PM
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It's possible you just shocked them with the transplant. I have this plant and it is very hardy, my guess is yours will come back.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 07:51 PM
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Honestly, I bet it's better that way anyways. So long as the bulb is firm it will come back, the plant having epic roots is also a plus.

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I've had them for years. One of my favorites. Just about any LFS will take them in trade. I've gotten as much as $35 for one plant.
It is rather uncommon for them to melt back, but I have seen it. Don't give up on it, as crazyfish said, they are hardy. Be sure to put a root tab under it. I seems to help them get a good start. They are heavy root feeders. Also if you put a couple drops of Iron in the water once a week, once it gets going, it will keep them nice and red. Just not to much or you end up with hair algae.
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IME, abrupt temp water changes are known to send them into dormancy shock, remember these grow floaters and flower in relatively still, warm waters
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 01:40 AM
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Mine melted when I first brought them home but after a couple days came back with a vengeance and now take up most of my tank with their stems/ surface leaves. They send up a ridiculous amount of leaves but the leaves don't last for very long before the stem starts to melt away.
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