Rotala dying, what do I do!
This is all amateur hour, sorry for writing a whole book here. So I set up my first planted tank on Aug. 15. The substrate is mineralized Miracle Gro Organic with dispersed red clay chunks and a cap of Eco Complete. Light is a Finnex FugeRayR (6700k) on for two four-hour periods a day with a midday break. I added an hour to each period today to see if more light helps. No CO2, and an Eheim 2211 canister filter. 50-75% water changes daily.
I planted a couple of anubias variants, dwarf sag, rotala rotundifolia, and a free-floating clump of java moss. The anubias all looks good - the minima came with a rolled-up new leaf that has since opened, the dwarf sag is putting out new growth, everything took a beating in shipping but the rotala just looks ghostly. See my photo!
It started putting out new growth at the tips, but the older portions of the stems seem to be disintegrating faster than new growth can take off. Some of it is slimy, or breaking. All the old leaves are transparent and they flutter off with slight water movement. I'm afraid the lower part of the plants will die completely before the new growth is big enough to snip off and replant.
Is this stuff salvageable? Should I snip the new growth and replant it even though it's so tiny? Is more light even a good idea? I also started half-dosing flourish excel today (previously I wasn't dosing anything at all).
Basically, is this rotala normal? I just want to do what I can to keep it from totally dying out of the tank. At first I thought it was just adjusting and I should leave it alone, but now I'm afraid of it totally rotting in the time that I'm 'letting it adjust'. Thanks for reading!