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*sigh* The problems with crypts...

I've been very successful with crypts growing very fast in my 29g without co2, and with a ton of guppies and shrimp... Until this past weekend.

My 29g has crypts and javamoss... Well, I did a water change, cleaned the filter, and refreshed the diy CO2.. Well, the mass populuation of crypts melted... The dying plants left a void of O2 production and with the extra plant material just floating around, probably a nitrate spike.. So, I went home yesterday and found that I'd lost nearly all my shrimp and the water smelled like foul fish soup.

I did a 50% water change and sucked up all the dead shrimp, tossed in an air stone and the water is still cloudy this morning. I will do another 50% water change this evening when I get home from work. I have no stem plants to shore up the aquarium atm. I've sent an emergency text message to another planted friend asking for help. *grumble*
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Probably a spike as you mentioned but in case you are using tap water that is slightly warmed up watch the water changes. It could be a lack of O2 for the crypts at night led to them dying? How much water did you change and was it close to lights out?

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Probably a spike as you mentioned but in case you are using tap water that is slightly warmed up watch the water changes. It could be a lack of O2 for the crypts at night led to them dying? How much water did you change and was it close to lights out?

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...fish-dead.html
was about a 10-15% water change, and yes.. it was in the evening about an hour or so before lights out. I didnt know that a lack of O2 at night, will cause crypts to melt...
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Cryp melt is a recognized disease. It is triggered by sudden enviornmental changes. If you did a large water change and used cold water, or very warm water, that would trigger it. Anything that goes out of wack and does it pretty quickly could trigger it. It more or less lies dormant waiting for something to shock the plants.

The plants are not dead. They will grow back new leaves within 30 days.

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Cryp melt is a recognized disease. It is triggered by sudden enviornmental changes. If you did a large water change and used cold water, or very warm water, that would trigger it. Anything that goes out of wack and does it pretty quickly could trigger it. It more or less lies dormant waiting for something to shock the plants.

The plants are not dead. They will grow back new leaves within 30 days.

I understand they will grow back, unfortunatly the only other plants I have in the aquarium is java moss.. Not sure the JM is going to maintain the balance in the 29g tank.
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