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Old 01-30-2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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So I rescaped my tank with a new piece of driftwood which was kind of like a mystery piece of wood, I had no idea what kind it was, and it didn't leach any tannins... at all. strange right?

well the next day several leaves on my crypts had withered and melted. and now more and more. But this didn't start happening at all until I put the driftwood in there. could there be some kind of connection between the two...?
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:34 PM   #2
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So I rescaped my tank with a new piece of driftwood which was kind of like a mystery piece of wood, I had no idea what kind it was, and it didn't leach any tannins... at all. strange right?

well the next day several leaves on my crypts had withered and melted. and now more and more. But this didn't start happening at all until I put the driftwood in there. could there be some kind of connection between the two...?
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You can find out if the driftwood is the problem: Remove the piece, do a large water change and see how the plants are affected.

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Not strange at all.

The driftwood, if large enough, could possibly be leaching tannins that lowers your pH. Parameter shifts can easily cause crypt melt. They'll grow back quickly, though. Just remove the dead leaves and allow the rhizome to sprout new leaves.

Unfortunately, you can't just remove the driftwood to find out if it's the problem. You also can't just do a water change. Primarily because crypts are so easily impacted by parameter shifts. If the plant has already been impacted, water changes or removal of the wood won't stop it from doing its thing.

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Old 01-30-2013, 07:13 PM   #4
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if you moved the crypts that could have caused the melt too. i would just give it time they will come back they just dont like change lol
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I didn't move them at all lol

I think it's like somewhatshocked stated, the driftwood must be having an effect on the water parameters.
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