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Hey guys, so I have just set up my planted tank 3 days ago and I have a few questions. I have included attachments. Is the flow in the tank good for the plants or is it too much? Is the S. Repens doing well? They keep coming off the substrate and leaves keep falling off. The Crypts started melting but I have read that it happens in the beginning and they will recover. Is that right? The banana plants and narrow leaf java fern are not doing so well either. Any ideas why? Also, the water just keeps getting cloudy, I have done 3 water changes and added Purigen 2 days ago and no changes. Please let me know if there is a fix or reason for it. Thanks.

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1. I can't tell by the pictures about the flow but a guideline is you should have most leaves very gently swaying in the current but not directly blasting plants.

2. The S. Repens looks like it may be melting.

3. Crypts melt all the time and should recover under the right conditions. Just trim the melted leaves and leave the roots in place. Also it looks like some of your Crypts are planted a bit too deep which can cause them to rot.

4. Not sure what the problem with the java and banana plant is specifically. Are you dosing any ferts? It could be shock from being added to a new tank.

5. Is the tank cycled? Often when the tank is cycling, the water can become a bit cloudy but this should stop as the tank matures.


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Thank you for the information @oscarlloydjohn. What could I do to help the S. Repens from melting? I am dosing excel, flourish, potassium, and iron. I have not yet started cycling the tank and that is why I find it strange for the water to be like this.
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Thank you for the information @oscarlloydjohn. What could I do to help the S. Repens from melting? I am dosing excel, flourish, potassium, and iron. I have not yet started cycling the tank and that is why I find it strange for the water to be like this.
I think in time, the S. Repens should come back if it has the right conditions. Even if you haven't "started" cycling the tank, bacteria will always grow if there is some ammonia source (which melting plants could create). Essentially most tanks will start cycling as long as they have an ammonia source. The cloudiness should go away as soon as it is finished cycling. Hope this helps


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I think in time, the S. Repens should come back if it has the right conditions. Even if you haven't "started" cycling the tank, bacteria will always grow if there is some ammonia source (which melting plants could create). Essentially most tanks will start cycling as long as they have an ammonia source. The cloudiness should go away as soon as it is finished cycling. Hope this helps
Thank you! Also, the flow is causing the alternanthera's stems to flow kind of hard, almost reaching the gravel. Is that a problem? I think that as they grow that will minimize but idk.

Bump: Also, could I trim all the leaves from the Crypts?
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Gustavo,

Why don't you start a journal over in the Tank Journal section. That's really the place for ongoing discussion about a tank. Just copy your first post here and put it over there.
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