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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-05-2018, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
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Plants melting (PMDD dose)

Hi all,

I am very new to planted tank. I have just started Fluval Ebi Shrimp 8g planted tank with 2 stock lights almost 2 months ago. I also have DIY CO2 up and runnning. The plants just added a week ago. I am dosing PMDD as per the stated instruction adding 4 drops daily. Don't get me wrong on the title as the plants aren't melting because of PMDD dosing. Only some of the plants are melting before I dose PMDD. I am not sure if it is because of the transition of the plant in the new water or I didn't dose enough fertilizer. I heard PMDD is lack of PO4. I also heard the plants melting may because of the lack of Fe. Some of my friends told me to add more fertilizer. Do I need to buy extra fertilizer like Flourish and Iron? I have no clue what is going on.

Would any of you pointing me a direction to build a good planted tank, please? This is my first planted tank.

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If you could post some photos that would really help. Many plants will melt when added to a new tank, either because they're transitioning from emerged growth or because they're adapting to new water conditions.
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I tried to post photo here but plantedtank doesn't let me since I am low in reputation.

Yah..I added the plants a week ago. but I saw the leaves started falling off and the leaves are dying.
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What type of plants do you have? What is your photoperiod? I'm assuming you are using the Fluval substrate included? That will help us figure out what is going on.

Most likely your plants are transitioning to their new environment..Melting in new tanks/after replanting is normal, don't discard the plants even if you lose all of the leaves...The roots are the important bit and you may still be able to recover some plants even if you may think they are dead.
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Thank you for your reply. Yes I am using fluval plant and shrimp stratum for substrate. The affected plant mostly are ludwigia red and Rotala bonsai. The ludwigia red is the worst. The leaves on some of them are all fallen off. I hope itís really what you were saying. Itís in the transition period. I have my photoperiod as 8 hours. I also just started dosing Flourish advance to stimulate the plant growth. I wish it can help a bit more
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