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blink 12-05-2012 06:48 AM

Dwarf Sagittaria and swords melting after transplant
Recently I tore down my established 27 gallon and swapped everything into my new 25 gallon cube and now my dwarf sagittaria seems to be melting a little and my swords (not sure what species) are not doing well at all, the spiral val is also gross. The swords and val are going transparent and off color but on the sagittaria it seems limited to some of the leaf tips browning and breaking off and it just doesn't look as robust.

I suspect you are going to ask my nutrient levels but I don't have much for test kits, just the basics so I can't really test nutrient levels.
I've been dosing Seachem Comprehensive and Excel with a dash of Nitrogen when I first put the plants in and on water changes. I have root tabs in the substrate but it's brand new Fluorite.
There is plenty of flow and I hope to be getting my CO2 operational this week as long as I can find a needle valve.

I guess I'm just asking if it's normal for swords, spiral vals and dwarf sagittaria to melt a little before bouncing back or should I be yanking them out of my tank and starting over? I'm not too worried about the swords or val but I'd rather not toss out all my sag.
Also, about how long does it take for Seachem root tabs to start releasing fertilizer, or more importantly, how long until the nutrients can be used by the plants? I know that having new, un-pooped in substrate means it's pretty inert and I've read that some (most??) of the nutrients in the soil won't be usable by plants for a while, until "the bacteria break down the nutrients into a form the plants can use", is this true or is it an internet myth?

Hold my hand, tell me it's gonna be alright...

BruceF 12-05-2012 12:07 PM

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"it's going to be alright..."
Mostly they just need to put down some roots and get themselves adjusted.

urbguy 12-05-2012 08:44 PM


Originally Posted by BruceF (Post 2100015)
"it's going to be alright..."
Mostly they just need to put down some roots and get themselves adjusted.

Agreed! Happens all the time, planted 10 of them, saw some considerable melting on all of them. It's expected.

laqu 12-05-2012 09:21 PM

when i put my swords in they ALL melted... but then they all grew back ... it's weird.. but apparently it's 'normal'

blink 12-05-2012 11:24 PM

Ah, great. Thank you, they hadn't melted the last couple transplants but the changes were much less drastic. Just wanted to make sure I hadn't killed my crop of sagittaria.

Guess ill keep on keepin on as I have been and be patient.

el Caspar 12-06-2012 12:14 AM

I find if the roots aren't trimmed back sometimes they can rot and cause problems...

blink 12-06-2012 01:51 AM

I trimmed the roots to about 1" long, some are a bit shorter, some a bit longer.

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