Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Philadelphia, PA
I would love to add pictures but I can't figure out how. I have uploaded them, now how do I attach them into the post? (The instructions say: "If you have uploaded an image as an attachment, you can click the arrow next to the 'Attachment Icon' and select it from the list." What does that mean?? I'm not seeing any arrows anywhere......)
Anyway, the everything about the tank:
29g, 65w cf, HOB filter, ph7.8, KH 9, GH 4
substrate: bottom 1 inch topsoil and sand mix, middle 2 inches flourite, top 1.5 inches fine gravel
tank water tests the same as tap water, so I don't think anything in the tank is throwing it off
Set up tank on sunday, all plants full and lush. Dechlor added day 2. Nutrafin cycle added day 3.
Decline in plants seen almost immediately. Vallisneria has been turning yellow, then translucent, leaf by leaf. Wendtii crypts were full and big, now yellow curled and nearly flopped to the ground. baby crypts are at half mast. Anubias is turning grey and crispy-looking. Java fern is dark grey. Extremely distressing, especially considering how good everything looked when it all went in. It's only been 5 days, and I'm ready to trash the whole thing.
The best guess I can make is transplant shock. I had a false start on Saturday, when a Walstead-inspired attempt ended up a complete catastrophe. I dumped it all out and did it again on Sunday. So the poor guys were in and out a couple times over the weekend. Also, I may have planted the crypts too low. The anubias I think I did right, with the rhizome on top.
So waddya think? Beyond hope? I'm feeling sick... those plants cost a fair amount of money..... If someone can steer me right on how to add pics, I will gladly post some. Thanks.