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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-06-2012, 03:09 AM Thread Starter
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New dwarf sag acclimating?

Hey guys. I recently got some dwarf sag in the mail and it looked healthy when I first planted it in my tank.

I understand that sag will melt when acclimating to new tank conditions but is it normal for the roots to melt also? Half of my plants have awful looking roots right now. The leaves are a beautiful green but the roots look pretty bad. A lot of the leaves have melted within the past couple of days and it's been a pain to removed each melting leaf.

Anyways, can someone answer the root question for me?

Also, should I just chop off every single leaf since I know that most if not all of them will eventually melt? I would love to see new growth soon and it would be much easier to spot new growth if I just chopped off every leaf. Especially since the leaves were about 3-4 inches each and I'm trying to achieve a grassy carpet look for my foreground.

By the way, I have a high light tank and I dose excel every day. Thanks guys.
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I've found the trick with dwarf sag is to trim the roots to an inch or less before planting to reduce the melting. I think what causes the melting in the first place is when you're trying to push the long roots down into substrate (and they just don't seem to want to stay down there), so at the same time you're crushing them.

I wouldn't chop off the leaves. Just let it melt and watch for new growth. With high light and excel, I'm sure it will bounce back fast.

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