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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-13-2013, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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Jungle Val melting

I had a bba outbreak in my tank. I may (did) have treated it a little too aggressively. My Val are melting. This has never happened to me before. Should I leave them be, cut them all down to regrow, or yank them out and start over.
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Val's and I am guessing excel do not do well together. Your plants are melting. Unless you're a
Lt over did it they will come back, just be patient and do water changes.


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I used excel every day for months. I over did the hydrogen peroxide treatment. I've done daily 50% water changes. I hope they come back. Should I trim them all down or let them go and hope for the best?
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I hear that when adding new ones you cut the tips of the leaves and that somehow stops the melting, but i've never done/seen this so i don't know if it works.


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I've killed plants with too much peroxide to treat algae. If the whole plant isn't completely brown and dead they will sometimes regrow. Just so you know, vals can't handle excel. It melts them.

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I've used half the dose of excel in the tank for a year with no problems. I went way to heavy with h2o2. I didn't know my wife had treated it a couple times too. Oops
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Shhhhhh. Don't tell my Val's that Excel will melt their faces off, they have doing fine for a year with Excel dose 3x a week. So much, I am taking out all the other plants and making it a Val only tank.


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Nothing like some face melting guitar playing. Lol. I don't know why but all I can see is Jack Black in School of Rock ripping on the guitar.
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I've also been lucky with excel and vals. 1.5-2.0mL daily on a 20L. Vals growing like crazy.
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Shhhhhh. Don't tell my Val's that Excel will melt their faces off, they have doing fine for a year with Excel dose 3x a week. So much, I am taking out all the other plants and making it a Val only tank.

How many ml per gallon are you using? Could you also tell us the size of your tank in gallons, please.
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I did the same thing last week. I pulled the vals, stripped them of the melting leaves/cut off dead tips and replanted. So far so good, the melting has stopped, but it has only been a week.
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20gal tank, 1ml of excel 3x a week. 3x13W 6700CFL 5" over the tank.

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I did the same thing last week. I pulled the vals, stripped them of the melting leaves/cut off dead tips and replanted. So far so good, the melting has stopped, but it has only been a week.
Did that yesterday. Wow, the tank looks bare. Hopefully it will grow back quick.
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These plants tend to grow like weeds so I have high hopes for a full recovery.

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Did that yesterday. Wow, the tank looks bare. Hopefully it will grow back quick.
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Well, I just got a whole bunch a Jungle Vals for my background plant, and half of them melted so far. but it's weird like not the whole plant? like the top halves of the plant melt off.

haven't seen any new growth yet.
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