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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-03-2003, 04:21 AM Thread Starter
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About a month ago I torn down and rebuilt my tank in an effort to learn from all of my mistakes over the past two years. It cycled for a week (2 Zebras and an Angelfish). I added some ottos (3) and placed my plant order. I planted 3 Crypt Wed, Val, Crypt balansae, Red Rubin Sword, Java Fern, Water Wisteria, Hygro Poly, and Giant Hygro.

All the plants seem to be doing well except the Giant Hygro. At night the pearling is the best I ever seen (Seems like I have a bubble wand in the tank). The only problem is, the Giant Hygro is not growing any roots. The Angelfish was pulling pieces up in the beginning, but just today I pulled up a piece and not a single small root. Some of the bigger leaves are falling off (I am guessing emersed growth) and basically the plants look healthy (Leaves and stems are firm and not getting soft) but they are not just taking root. Compared to the regular Hygro (Which are putting out a million roots) all these stems have none. They have been planted for about 2 weeks. Has anyone ever seen something like this before? I hope to be getting my digital camera soon so hopefully I can get a picture.


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try sticking a root tab under the hygro...but you could be right...it could be transitioning from emerged to submerged growing conditions.
Assuming the stem wasn't rotting when you pulled it, I'd just give it some time.

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what kind of mistakes did you make and how did you solve them?

i would just give it time also. one thing i had to learn was to have more patience with my plants...

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OK so I was able to get some shots of my Hygro. Does this look like emersed growth? It is just not putting out any roots. My otto decided to take a break and pose for the picture J

Mistakes? What didn't I do at first that wasn't a mistake (OK so I am still making them but learning each time J)
Plain Quartz gravel (Way too big), switched to Eco Complete
Not enough light (20 Watts NO, now have 72 watts CF)
Way too much surface disturbance (Whisper 2, now have Filstar)
No CO2, now run dual Hagen (Probably still not enough)

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beautiful plants bro. looks like hygro stricta corymbosa?

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Not sure if this is in any way related to the loss of the big leaves, but I have had giant hygro in my 55 gallon community ( ~2.5 w/gallon) for about two months and the bottom leaves keep falling off, so I have wonderful healthy growth at the top of a spindly stem.

Should I cut the tops and re-plant them?
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yes good idea

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