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Old 07-05-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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The Case of the Missing Blyxa


Hi I ordered 25 stems of blyxa japonica last week, they came in on Monday and I put them into the tank same day. It was 105 degrees outside and they were on the porch for almost an hour, but upon inspection all plants were fine. Anyways, I put them in the tank. These were all rooted, healthy plants, full size plants 4" tall and with babies. I just let them float. Next day I wakeup and half of it is missing and its all melty and leaves are EVERYWHERE drifting around in the tank. The next day their were 2 meager stems remaining. Yesterday, NOTHING! Was it my adult angelfish? I found him nibbling on leaves at times or could it be my parrot fish who cant close his mouth?
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:24 PM   #2
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I'd blame the angels... they ate all of my downoi :P
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:27 PM   #3
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I dont understand. How do people keep angels in planted tanks? What medium sized cichlids can I keep in this tank? I hate discus and I don't want mine.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:27 PM   #4
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Bet they melted on you. That would be a lot of munching for a single angelfish and a fish cannot melt leaves.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:44 PM   #5
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my angel picks at m blyxa but it grows WAYYYY faster than it can eat
the heat melted it though.. i've seen that happen a lot

i have seen star repens get eaten by zebra loaches over the course of a few weeks.. it didn't happen in 2 days though.. that sounds more like a few goldfish
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:49 PM   #6
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what happened to the plant tho? Ive seen melting but never like this. They dont just disappear, stem, plant, and roots in 12 hours right?
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:02 PM   #7
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what happened to the plant tho? Ive seen melting but never like this. They dont just disappear, stem, plant, and roots in 12 hours right?
Blyxa does not do well moving tanks. I had the exact same issue, just a bit longer than a couple days though. If you don't have the right amount of light and CO2 it will melt faster.

I'm no expert on this plant, but know why mine never lasted.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:38 PM   #8
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Blyxa rots where the leaf blade joins the very short stem near the roots. I bought a couple bunches recently, put them in my tank and the next day I noticed half the leaf blades had floated to the top. I went down to pull on them and the rest of the leaves pulled right out. I suspect they were rotten before you bought them.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:43 PM   #9
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I don't think that's likely, punctatus. I didn't buy them from a store or even bunched for that matter. I got them off aquabid from a semi friend who is no different than any of us, has a couple decent sized planted tanks in his house and he had some excess growth.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:30 PM   #10
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And the package sat in a lot of heat for an hour.
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:16 AM   #11
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Does anybody know if I will have this same problem with the following plants assuming they are left on the porch in 100 weather for an hour? echinodorus bleheri bareroot, HC on a mat, hygros bareroot, limnophila aromatica bareroot, and more?
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likely yes you will
they are tuff a durable like terrestrial plants. their cell walls are thin to allow nutrient transport.. they dont protect fro mheat well
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:10 PM   #13
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When I had my plants shipped 2 weeks ago, I left a cooler on the porch with a bag of ice from the gas station in it. Left a note for the UPS guy, he put them in the cooler and the were fine sitting all day on the porch.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:42 PM   #14
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It was the heat.
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:23 PM   #15
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UPDATE:
It appears 1 very small meager looking baby blyxa may have survived. I will update throughout the week on its condition it has only 3 poor looking thin leaves on it half an inch tall. My leds are set to arrive today. So is the driftwood and a banana plant I ordered off AquaBid. My aquariumplants.com order is supposed to ship Wednesday for arrival Friday.
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