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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-26-2019, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Parrot's Feather browning

My parrot's feather is browning from the bottom up. It is submersed in a 20 gallon tank with stratum and ecocomplete. The aquarium came with a basic kit light, and so we switched out the lights with a Fluval Planted 3.0. I recently also added on a Fluval Aquasky to make sure the shadow areas got some coverage. The tank also has a Ista CO2 starter kit. I add the AquaVitra Propel, Envy, Synthesis per recommended dosage. Now almost the entire stem of the Parrot feather is brown. What could be causing that?
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Originally Posted by Yn2k View Post
What could be causing that?
First of all none will have any idea what you should be dosing.
No idea of how much plant mass is in the tank.
More details would help many to answer.

My answer:
If I had to guess you are starving your plants.

Propel dosed as written on bottle intends to keep .10ppm Fe in the water column.
This could be acceptable.

Synthesis provides a nitrogen source.
Dosed as labeled is equivalent to 1ppm of nitrate.
Many keep @ least 20ppm NO3 in the water column @ all times.

Envy, while being a clever name, I guess?
Is most likely a "Snake Oil" product that Seachem's marketing team has dreamed up.

Guaranteed analysis looks like a food additive.
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 2.5 mg
Thiamine (B1) 20 g
Riboflavin (B2) 20 g
Niacin (B3) 120 g
Choline (B4) 4 g
Pantothenate (B5) 70 g
Vitamin B 120.8 g
Inositol 10 g
Arginine 300 g
Glutamate 600 g
Lysine 300 g
Tyrosine 190 g
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids 600 g

Phosphate, potassium, and many trace elements are missing from this dosing.
The hardness and alkalinity of your water also has elements to be considered.
Calcium and magnesium being the top two.

Regarding Parrot Feather:
Nice plant in a high tech tank but a quick grower.
Bronze/brown colors on top closest to the light.
This pic is older and from cut short stems, typically more brown on top.

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Growing is not that difficult.
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Hi again,
I am seeing a couple of posts from you with questions on plants. What would help is knowing a bit more about your tank water, like gH/kH, N and how much of what you fertilize. Your recent change in light could be another reason as plants do need some time to adjust.

One way to narrow down the suspects is to cut a couple of stems and let them float on the surface. They will be the closest to the light but still in the same water. If the floating plants start to grow vigorously (as they usually do) then the fertilization is rarelly the cause.
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i bought a parrot few days ago, how to avoid browning ?
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Hey i had same problem with my parrots feather its got completely brown last year and i tried to put some sugar with water but it didnt help, my friend told me to mix some coffee with dirt as Organic feed but it wasnt a good idea and i finally noticed something when my bird used to spread his peanuts for birds over the tank while he eats it that the parrots feather starts to get better and back green slowly so i decided to mix the bird food supplier with water and try it, after few days it got green and healthy again !! it helped me you can try it.

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