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Cyianara69 05-04-2012 02:30 AM

I'm melting ....
Is it normal for Pygma chain sword to melt when it's first planted??

d3snoopy 05-04-2012 02:40 AM

Mine did. I originally put in 2 plants, and I don't think one ever came back. the other went nuts, though, and I have it all over now.

Overgrowth 05-04-2012 02:41 AM

Did it have longer leaves and flower looking nodes? Then yes, it was initially grown emersed.

OVT 05-04-2012 03:14 AM

Echinorodus tenellus?

Cyianara69 05-04-2012 03:20 AM

yes ...

OVT 05-04-2012 10:13 AM

Bet the one I sent... it was all grown immersed, btw.

My first guess it's trying to adjust to you water condition. Is your water hard or soft?

Then, how did you plant it? Mine usually have pretty long roots. When I replant it, I cut the roots with sharp scissors to about 1/2" to 1" from the leaves, leaving just enough so that it would stay in the substrate. Plant it a bit deep and then pull the plant so that the base of the roots is just visible above the substrate,

It does like a bit of light, so, I would plant it in the open spot and maybe 1/2" or more apart.

Are all the leaves melting or mostly the outside ones? I would peel the outside melting leaves. A plant with 2-3 leaves will still survive.

That's pretty much my brain dump at the moment.

How are the other plants doing? If some others are doing ok and some others are not, let me know which. That might give us more clues.

And a bit of luck does not hurt either :)

Cyianara69 05-04-2012 11:27 AM

Hey Oleg, it wasn't from you, I got from a RAOK a few weeks back. I've had them floating in one my tanks cause I wasn't ready to plant them when I got them. I'm thinking they are just getting use to the new tanks that they are in, just wanted warm and fuzzy from the folks here that it's normal. The chain sowrds are pretty much acting like the crypts that I planted three weeks ago and they melted right off the back but have been sprouting up new leaves now.

As for your plants, they have been planted into their new home and I'm just letting them get aclimated. I haven't seen any melting from them so far. I may need to get some nitrate ferts because tanks is basically going through a "fishless cycle" so there basically isn't any fish load feeding aside from the organic soil underneath the gravel.

OVT 05-04-2012 11:35 AM

:) I hope they recover and overtake your tank.

Adding some fish flake food will feed the plants and the bacteria.

Cyianara69 05-04-2012 04:15 PM

Keeping my fingers cross ..... :icon_conf


Originally Posted by OVT (Post 1847619)
:) I hope they recover and overtake your tank.

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