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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-02-2002, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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I have 29 Gallon, 100 wattsof light, laterite/tiny gravel, DIY CO2, jobes Plant spikes under the rooted plants, and liqid fertilizer (forget what type) as directed. I planted two plants of watersprite, and watched them turn brown over a couple of weeks. I moved them to get a better spot in the aquarium and the roots looked like they rotted! What did I do wrong? Can they come back? Im worried that they are indicating what is going to happen to other plants, like they are sensitive. My other plants seem to be growing just fine though.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-03-2002, 03:53 PM
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All the info I have on plant spikes tells you to use them by plants that grow from bulbs where the roots are, not ALL plants. You could be over fertilizing them and burning them roots out. I could be wrong but I have never seen advice to use them for all plants. It could also be you are using to many. :hehe:

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Sorry I wasn't clear. I use the spikes on my two Swords, and my three Aponageton Ulvacus, which aren't near the Watersprite. Im not saying that They arent being over fertilized (that was my first thought) It seems to me that when a plant spike dissolves the nutreints therein would filter into the water, and maybe there is where they are getting over fertilized. I have since, stopped fertilizing and doing two water changes a week. I was Bucks waterprite and I am quite impressed that it can be a beatiful plant for the tank.
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ok, I could be wrong but I've been under the impression that the advantage of using plant spikes versus liquid fertilizer is that the fertilizer stays in and below the substrate and not in the water column. This being true, you could still be getting to the roots of your water sprite. Now I would say check your nitrates. You could be out of balance for the amount of light you are providing. Just a thought. I hope it helps. :hehe:

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