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New Nano plants melting

I set up a tank in my kids room




I think it is about 3 gallons max.

Substrate is Aquasoil
Small piece of drift wood
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I have had plants melting in this tank, I am thinking it was the heater causing it since it doesn't have a way to set the temp. I unplugged it and did a water change. I'm hoping I can save the plants well the ones that are still alive. This tank will house a Betta that is sitting in a Betta bowl on the kitchen counter.

Anyone agree that the heater was causing the plants to melt? I tested the water but my notebook is in the living room and I'm typing this From my bed :P

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Re: New Nano plants melting

I doubt it is the heater, many plants can survive 86F. Testing the water temperature would give you the answer. And your Java Fern looks fine.

The plants that are melting look like micro swords or e. tenellus and crypts - they tend to melt when newly planted. I would peel off / pinch off all decaying leaves.

I would use cheap plant fertilizer like API LeafZone and watch the progress.

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very common for plants grown emersed, it is in it's transition phase to go submerged. Second - excel as rightly pointed out! plus - substrate is aquasoil+wood = lot of tannins(normal wood tannin+soil leach) in such small enclosure the PH swing (towards acidic side) is very high - change water everyday for next 10-12 days things should settle in normally..

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I doubt it is the heater, many plants can survive 86F. Testing the water temperature would give you the answer. And your Java Fern looks fine.

The plants that are melting look like micro swords or e. tenellus and crypts - they tend to melt when newly planted. I would peel off / pinch off all decaying leaves.

I would use cheap plant fertilizer like API LeafZone and watch the progress.

Overdosing Excel could be another culprit.

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very common for plants grown emersed, it is in it's transition phase to go submerged. Second - excel as rightly pointed out! plus - substrate is aquasoil+wood = lot of tannins(normal wood tannin+soil leach) in such small enclosure the PH swing (towards acidic side) is very high - change water everyday for next 10-12 days things should settle in normally..
The Java Fern is the only one that stayed looking good. I think the other one is micros sword I cant recall at this moment. The Crypts are Bronze Crypts and that is what mostly melted. Ill grab a thermometer today, but I doubt the water got to 86 degrees but it felt pretty warm. I have only dosed excel twice since I set up Saturday.

I am doing 50% water change every day.

Tests before water change.
pH 7.6
High Range pH 7.4
Ammonia - 8.0
Nitrite - 0.25
Nitrate 0

Ill look for Leafzone when I make a run to the LFS today.
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Re: New Nano plants melting

I did not realize that your tank is not cycled yet. Hold off on LeafZone and let the plants help with using the ammonia up first. If only the crypts are melting then that is pretty normal - wait for them to get adopted to your tank.

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I did not realize that your tank is not cycled yet. Hold off on LeafZone and let the plants help with using the ammonia up first. If only the crypts are melting then that is pretty normal - wait for them to get adopted to your tank.

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