Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Burnaby, BC, Canada
"Melting red plants"
Are "melting" plants indicative of insufficient light or insufficient nutrients, or both? In my thread on my 20 gallon tall, you'll see the red (stem) plants (unfortunately, I don't know what they are, and will probably never know now). I had originally planted them on the side, but someone suggested that I want to put them where the max amount of light was, so I moved them to the center of the tank. Anyway, some leaves started to lighten after a few days and then I noticed that a few leaves started to get translucent and then eventually just was mush. Each stem started out this way, and now I only have two left alive. The rest are just skeletal stems (do these parts die also?).
All the other plants, including the Riccia, are doing fantastic. The anacharis is growing at least an inch a day, the vals are shooting runners everywhere, and the chainsword and hairgrass are doing great also.
My parameters are:
65 W (Coralife PC)
pH = 7
KH = 3
GH = 5
DIY CO2 with Hagen ladder about 8 bpm
Red Sea Florabase (about 2.5 to 3 inches where the red plants are)
Temp = 84 (fighting ick right now, but normally at 78)
I dose with Kent FW supplements once a week and I have some root tabs where the jungle vals and swords are. Any ideas? Do I not have enough light for red varieties?