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plants melting in Aquasoil?

Is it common for plants to melt when introduced to a tank with new Aquasoil Amazonia? I started a 10 gallon tank a couple of weeks ago with Aquasoil and all of the plants I put in ( Crypts and Anubias ) melted away. The crypts I expected--but the anubias caught me off guard. The leaves just turned to mush and floated away. Im beginning to see some new growth on the nana petite and the crypts have done pretty well so far--just wondering if it is because of the excess ammonia from the Amazonia? I am guilty of not changing the water more often than usual ( only once a week 50% ) is that the cause? I am going to be using the same type of dirt in the 50 gallon tank Im putting together and I dont want to have the same thing happen to a tank full of more sensitive plants.
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I've never heard of any issue like that.

Did you grow the anubias yourself? If not, it's possible they had been grown emmersed. If the rhizome didn't melt(and it sounds like it didn't) then I'd say this is the culprit.

It is possible, however unlikely, that you put it in mid cycle when there were still high levels of nitrite. Nitrite is harmful to plants as well as fish. I really doubt this, but I can't say it's not a possibility.


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Most crypts will melt regardless. Most will bounce back in no time. Anubias however are best tied onto wood or rocks. Their rhizomes shouldn't be burried under the substrate. I'm not sure how you planted the anubias...


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The plants were put in as soon as I added the substrate--was that in error? If so, Ive done it again on my 12 cube that I setup last night and I need to go home at lunch and drain all the water out of it. The anubias were super glued to driftwood.
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What lighting are you using, and do you use any CO2? ADA Aquasoil provides good nutrients for the plants, except possibly for potassium, but it doesn't provide the carbon the plants need when driven to grow fast with high light.

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10 gallon tank with Amazonia ( original ) No CO2 in this tank--Excel dosing per instructions. 30W CFL spiral bulbs mounted horizontally in a hood with ghetto reflectors Dose light EI dry ferts ( slightly less than EI )

I added the soil to an empty tank and planted it all on the same day about 3 weeks ago. The crypts melted and are coming back. The Anubias are glued to driftwood and they lost all leaves ( turned to mush that floated around until I sucked it out with the python ) Just now getting some leaves back.
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When I changed my tanks to Amazonia (regular) I packed it full of everything I could find, plant wise. Nothing melted or died, but I did change the water daily 100% for two weeks until the ammonia levels were at 0. Maybe they couldn't deal with the high level of ammonia? Maybe. The levels are very high. I would recommend daily water changes and as much as you can for a couple of weeks. Maybe you can get them to bounce back.
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Shane3fan,

If you got that petite from me it is grown submerge. Just an FYI.

Is it posible you bleach dip the plants when you got it?

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nah--no bleach dip here. It is the petite I got from you. Nothing wrong with it when I got it so no issues there--just something in the acclimation process I suppose.
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If it doesn't make it let me know I can send you some more just pay shipping! i'd like to make my buyers happy.

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If it doesn't make it let me know I can send you some more just pay shipping! i'd like to make my buyers happy.

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Yeah--no problem there. I put some of what you sent me in another tank with inert gravel and it is doing fine. The only die off Ive had was in this tank with the Aquasoil.
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