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Advice Needed: Plants Seem Not Healthy

Hi, I am new to this hobby. I just got the newer version Fluval Edge 6G with LED. I put in some amazon sword, java fern, java moss, and dwarf hairgrass. I noticed that some of the amazon sword's leaves are getting transparent on their tips and some brown spots on the leaves of the java fern. Is the water toohot/cold or something wrong? I have the Tetra HT-10 50W heater. I have a stick-on thermometer which shows ~25 deg. I didn't have any fish yet, just 3 cherry shrimps for now. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Sounds more like a nutrient issue to me. What's the substrate, and what's your fertilizer routine?


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I just have the tank up about a week. I use the black fourite, but rinsed a couple time before putting into the tank. I didn't add any fertilizer yet . Do I need to do so (I am extremely green to this hobby )? Should I test the pH level? Thanks.
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Yup. Flourite's basically an inert substrate. Good for when bacteria colonizes it, but your plants will need another nutrient source. Fertilizer tablets in the substrate under your root feeding plants, and liquid fertilizer in the water for the other plants.


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Fluorite is inert, and does not provide nutrients to your plant. I highly recommend looking into some fertilizer. Since you have no fish in there right now, there is nothing feeding the plants. A lot of people get dry bulk fertilizer because it is much cheaper. I ordered mine from Bob's Tropical Plants: http://www.bobstropicalplants.com/shop/en/

As to the spots you are seeing on your plants, it almost sounds like to me that the sword has some melting going on, but I'm not sure about what caused the spots on the java fern. It's kind of hard to say without some pictures.

Also be aware that amazon swords get huge, and you might have to transplant it from your little Edge.

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Are you sure about the fern and the sword? I am hoping you mixed the two up. Young java fern fronds have transparent tips that fill in as they mature and sword plants commonly are grown in air and when submerged the leaves die usually with yellow turning to brown spots. Java ferns grow on a lineal rhizome and have thin brown roots and shouldn't be planted in your substrate or those rhizomes will rot. Swords grow from a crown, have white roots would love a root tab under them and will outgrow your tank in a jiffy.

Definitely get some fertilizer, at least the common stuff that contains potassium and trace nutrients.


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Thanks for all inputs. I have got some Big Als multi-purpose fertilizer and put half a capful yesterday. I also bought some Neon Tetras too. Since I am new to the hobby, I'll take this as an experience and contribute to my learning curve. I found Jave Fern and the Amazon Sword are a bit too big for the tank (they are now reaching 4/5 to the top of the tank. I would love to get some dwarf size plants, but here in Calgary, AB Canada, not that many selection could be found . I might have to look into online plant shopping.
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Look for crypts and Anubias. There are small species in both those genera and they should be quite easy to find. If you want to try stem plants go through the plant finder here for plants that are easy and have small leaves and go shopping with that short list.


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You might want to try some moss. Very low light and easy to keep. And it looks great, too!

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