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Melting jungle val

Hey! I have recently got 3 very nice jungle vals from this forum and one has been melting a bit. Not the entire plant but some of the leaves. I can see it's large cells dieing in the leaf if that makes sense to anyone? lol. Is this just from stress or could it be from a deficiency. As of now I'm only using flourish root tabs but I've ordered macro and micro to dose in my tank. I've got 2 18" T5HO over my tank, both 10,000K (I can't find 18" bulbs that I like so the 10k are going to stay). That is over a 20H. I have it sitting right on top of the tank so maybe it's too much light? Also, the Val that is melting is in a low flow area. It's put out a runner already (I think- It's a thick green thing from the base of the plant that has grown into the flourite) so I guess that is good? Thanks for the help!
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Oops, I meant to post this in the plant discussion. Can a mod move it for me? Thanks!
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Vals are known to melt a little after you first plant them. A couple of mine are doing the same thing right now, been about a week after planting. They should shoot back up after they settle though.

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Large vals do not ship very well. When I used to get them i would shear off much of the plant and watch the new leaves race to the waters edge.
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Ok, thanks! I did trim the leaves when I got them and a majority of the are already back to the top of the water except for the few melting ones. Should I just trim them off?
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Are you using Excel (Glutaraldehyde) for a source of carbon in the tank? Vals need to be accustomed to Excel very slowly or they will begin to die (they may never do well with Excel), there are other plants like this as well - my lotus does not like Excel and many mosses will not do well either.
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Are you using Excel (Glutaraldehyde) for a source of carbon in the tank? Vals need to be accustomed to Excel very slowly or they will begin to die (they may never do well with Excel), there are other plants like this as well - my lotus does not like Excel and many mosses will not do well either.
This ^ , Vals can be quite sensitive to excel in high doses.

They should be ok if you already have a runner taking root. If it's just older leaves melting and the new inner leaves are ok, then it's probably just adjusting to your tank. And yes, remove the melting leaves.

I started with one last year, now I can't control them in my 55g, there's easily 40+ now


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Nope, as stated only using Flourish root tabs at the moment. I ordered micro and macro on this forum and it should be here this week but other then that, I'm not using anything. I have RO/DI water and I use RO Right by Kent to make it harder for my shrimp.
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The above advise is sound. Chances are a few will melt back a bit, but you shOuld get new growth quickly, especially since you'll be starting ferts soon! Don't worry, you'll soon have more than you'll ever want! They multiply real quick once they start sending runners out. I started with one 8 inch plant, and had over 20 within a month.
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