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Java Ferns blackening at bases

why? are they just dying off due to age, or is it a disease/lack of something? i cut and pulled all those that were blackening.

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Just curious, but did you purchase those java ferns from those prepackaged tubes (with gel around the roots) that some chain stores are carrying?

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Could be age, but if you see an increased amount of it compared to new growth, the water is probably something lacking. I had problems with Swords starting to get black bases before I started dosing PO4. Java Ferns are a different animal, still... you might want to look into macros, since they take up all of their nutrients via their leaves.


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Just curious, but did you purchase those java ferns from those prepackaged tubes (with gel around the roots) that some chain stores are carrying?

what?! that sounds kinda neat...
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Just curious, but did you purchase those java ferns from those prepackaged tubes (with gel around the roots) that some chain stores are carrying?
no. These javas have been in my tank for 5 months.

I'm gonna try redirecting the flow of the filter. The dying parts don't get much water movement, so that might be the problem.

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Do you use anything with a lot of sodium in it like baking soda to raise your KH? Is there any variable about your tank that you have changed in the last month?


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nope. nothing has changed. i went to Florida on vacation for a week, but my friend has taken care of the tank very well, and all plants are growing great, and all fish are fine. The blackening ferns were older, so i guess the rhizome's just making room for more leaves.

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