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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-10-2019, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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Help Needed for S.repens and rotola Bonsai

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Need some help here, i have a 2ft low tech planted tank using with ADA amazonia soil. Recently, has encountered some problems in regards to the plants not growing well especially S.repens and rotola bonsai. The S. repens seems like melting away despite me trying my best to figure what has happened. The leaves are whitish green that doesnt seems normal?

The rotola bonsai is okay for the first week that i planted in, however, the leaves starts to turn brown which i cut it off( that explains the bonsai is abit botak. haha)

I have been dosing APT 5 mL for twice every 2 days and have been doing WC for 2times a week using RO water

I suspect that the RO water does not contain enough minerals for the plants?

I have some pictures to show for the S.repens and rotola bonsai. My tank parameters are as below:

TDS: 120 ppm

pH: 6.8

gH: 25- 50

kH: 25

Ammonia: 0

Nitrate: 0

Thank you in advance

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You said you planted the plants a week ago? Your melting might be normal due to your plants adapting to sumberged state. Your ADA soil should be providing all required nutrients so it's not a starvation issue.

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Thank you, but how long it would usually adapt to submerged form? i thought S. repens is already submerged?

Anything i can help to fasten this process?
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Most aquatic plants are grown in emerged state and will undergo a transition period when fully submerged. Pretty much your current leafs will die and new should start growing soon.

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My 30l heavily planted nano tank has S.repens, the problem faced is my rabbit snails are eating it but, it still seems to be growing well after 5 weeks. Also, ADA amazonia soil with RO water at tds of 200 to 250 depending on how much Equlibrium that i put in each water change. There has been no melt, but iv done frequent water changes at least 2/week as there is 9 small cardinal tetras and6 amano shrimps in the tank too. Goodluck.
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Okay thank you all! i guess i will wait for the S. Repens to adapt to emerged form before i can see some results. Hopefully i can post some better pictures soon!
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In my experience, s repens is one of those plants that you leave alone for several weeks after initial planting, it will melt back a little, but once it establishes and converts to submersed form, it takes off. Basically whatís needed here is a little patience and itíll pay off.


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