Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Silver Spring, MD
One of my 20h's, low light,low tech, had a complete meltdown. I did a 50% water change (tap water with Prime, same temperature). The next morning I noticed a bobbing fish. I lifted the hood off the tank and all of the fish were dead. I noticed that I had forgotten to turn on the heater so I attributed the carnage to the 5 degree drop in temperature.
In the ensuing days all of the plants--mostly swords, crypts, and anubias--melted away completely.
I removed all the goop, cleaned the substrate, and let the tank run with a concentrated hydrogen peroxide solution. I changed the filter pads, and disinfected the heater and filter components with pure h202. The H2o2 should have killed any remaining bacteria and I did a 100% water change after the H2o2 immersion.
Now a week or so later, the crypts are sending out new leaves but they are melting as soon as they come up.
I thought maybe nutrient deficiency due to the lack of fish but the plants have root tabs.
What can this be?
Thanks for any help!
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