I thought I ought to just give a little update about how things are going:
2 of the 3 Alternanthera reinekii that I got in the package I bought have died. I don't think it was melt - at least not completely. It almost looked like there was some kind of algae or something in the lower part of the plant and down into the roots. I am assuming
that must have developed partly because of the melt it may have gone through. But, as I don't know much about these things I can't be sure. I finally pulled them out about a week ago.Now the 3rd one is showing signs of distress though.
My Windlov Java fern seems to be drying out. It seems dry and leathery to the touch. The root ball (
....that doesn't sound right) doesn't seem to have anything that looks like healthy roots of any kind. I have had it attached to a piece of wood for the last couple weeks but nothing wants to attach itself to the wood. I loosened the rubber band yesterday to see if it would hold on by itself yet. It couldn't.
I can only shake my head and laugh at the little oops I made about 2.5 weeks ago regarding my 2 Amazon sword plants. Although I did learn a little about (and finally experience) healthy roots and new growth.
This all started a couple days before I joined the forum here. So, I was looking up some care tips on my plant when I noticed the leaves were starting to turn slightly wavy. I some how had it in my head that they were Java fern, and of course, looked up Java fern care.
I saw that I made a mistake in planting them in the gravel. Meanwhile, as time pasted, the leaves were getting yellow spots on them and decided to fix my "error" by pulling them out of the gravel and attaching them to the piece of drift wood I have. Super glue wasn't working for me, so I got some rubber bands out. Then, I lashed the plants (along with the actual Java fern) to the piece of drift wood I have. At the time, I'd been reading about bad looking roots. These were all limp and brown with 1 or 2 healthier looking roots. Anyhow, a week went by and I noticed that the leaves were trying to make a comeback and I thought that perhaps I would see if they started grabbing onto that piece of wood yet. They hadn't.
"Okay, no problem." I thought. So I left the one loose and pinned it into a crevice with a rock. Another week went by and still no anchoring. During all this time I had joined the forum and started this thread. But now the leaves were again regressing.When asked what kind of plants I had, I had to go back to the containers to make sure. That was when I realized my mistake! Although they showed signs of bouncing back, the leaves were getting progressively worse. I could even see through one of them now. But there appeared to be new growth. My thinking was that in an effort to promote the new growth further, I'd better take off the bad stuff (by this time it was beyond all help anyways). I also started seeing a lot more health roots growing all over. Since they still hadn't attached themselves to the wood, I took my Amazon "Java ferns' out to prune them. Then I figured I'd put them into the gravel again. That's what I see that you are supposed to do with them. All the roots are long and health looking now when I stuck them into the gravel. My water parameters are starting to show marked signs of improvement as well. So I'll have to see how it goes from here.
You guys may be right about not needing CO2, and I'll add that I am not dissuaded from the idea in the least.
I don't feel left out of the CO2 club. Time has been a bit of a problem in setting up my little reactor for now anyway. I have had too many other things on my plate (Christmas, car troubles, computer crashes, etc. - I won't bore you with the details) I just finished the last of the carbonated water I had 2 days ago so I guess I'm going to see how that goes, too.
Finally, I obviously didn't get that quoting just right yesterday. @ipkiss
- In regards to the low tech forum, I only discovered the day before you'd posted your reply. So, no, I hadn't seen that at all. But you can believe I'll be checking it out now.
I hope everybody has a very Merry Christmas!