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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-21-2016, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Help with roots rotted

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My Echinnodorus leaves started browning/yellowing from the leaf base last week. When I was cleaning up the leaves fell of as I brushed up against them. I lifted the plant and the roots were mostly just black stubs.

Any ideas why anyone?

Substrate is fine sand. I put in a Kugeln clay ball a week after planting, which was seven weeks ago. was dosing weekly with liquid fertiliser but I stopped about 4 weeks ago.

Thanks for any input.
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Compact substrate


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Thanks

Any suggestions on how to remedy this ??
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Any suggestions on how to remedy this ??
What about adding fish / inverts that stir up the sand? My nerite snails often dig into my substrate.
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I have 3 assassin snails and a red lizard cat which is always shoveling around in the top layer. I might add some more clay balls to that area of the tank then.

Is there anything else I could add to open it up I wonder ???
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Help with roots rotted

Fine grain sand is too compact and does not allow adequate water flow around the roots so they will rot. Replace the substrate, or drain some water and make a hole. Fill the hole with another substrate that has larger grain size and replant then cap with the sand.


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Ok, would 5mm gravel work here.

Also, would all plants rot in this substrate? I have Rotala die and the roots smelt bad now I think of it but my large Crypt seems fine.
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