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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-27-2009, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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Anacharis going down hill.

My 30 gallon hex has been setup now for about 3 months. Everything else is doing great.
I had a tiny looking stalk of anacharis that has been in the tank since day one. It has more than quad drupled in size and is doing fine. The problem is with my new batch of anacharis.

I added it 4 days ago or so, and it was nice and green full,thick and healthy. Now it looks as if the leaves are starting to turn to mush and fall off almost looking transparent. The first stalk of Anacharis is still doing fine with no changes.


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30 gallon hex
Marineland filter 200 GPH
3 watts a gallon of light on for 8 hours a day.
Pressurized C02 daily for 8 hours at 2 BPS.
Flourite substrate

Livestock

3 Anubias nana that are growing and sprouting new leaves everyday
2 Amazon swords Doing great
1 old anacharis Doing great
6 new Anacharis stems that arent doing well
3 Rotala verticillaris Starting to loose some needles.



12 Neon tetra's
6 male Guppies
5 Ottos
3 Cories



I dose Flourish half a capful once a week.
What could be casuing this?


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You didn't mention Excel, but Excel will kill anacharis very efficiently.

Sometimes it takes a while for plants to adjust. Where did they come from?
was your new batch tops? I've picked some up before where the person gave me the middles of what must have been Long stems. Those turned into a mess. A few new shoots here or there, but for the most part it was a loss.

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It's normal for newly introduced plants to be set back until they adjust to a new environment. Give it 3-4 weeks instead of days and let us know how it's doing.
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You didn't mention Excel, but Excel will kill anacharis very efficiently.

Sometimes it takes a while for plants to adjust. Where did they come from?
was your new batch tops? I've picked some up before where the person gave me the middles of what must have been Long stems. Those turned into a mess. A few new shoots here or there, but for the most part it was a loss.

I do not dose Excel just Flourish. I got them from Petsmart. I actually made my own batch to make sure I got plants that were healthy,green and full. I beleive so, the stems are about 8 inches long and have tops. I would asume they are tops unless they already filled in.
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It's normal for newly introduced plants to be set back until they adjust to a new environment. Give it 3-4 weeks instead of days and let us know how it's doing.

Wil do. It just had me concerned as my other Anacharis didint react this way. The stems are still bright green, the leaves are just falling off.
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I've never had luck with anacharis, even though it's a very nice looking plant i just can't seem to keep it alive. That's why i feed anacharis to my aquatic turtles instead of putting it inside my aquarium.
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Today I noticed a few stems have lost there color and are almost clear looking. They were falling apart and I asuume dead.
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Any advice on what could cause this?
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Could I not have enough ferts?
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Flourish is only trace minerals, micro ferts. It has no macro ferts. With that much light you need to dose N, P, & K as well. Flourish does make separate bottles of each. That is probably what killed them. Anacharis is a fast grower and will suck all the macro ferts out of the water quickly. No problem, unless you don't have enough in the tank to begin with.

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Is there anything that contains all of that, instead of buying several bottles? I would like to dose Liquid, as I have never dosed Dry ferts and am new at the whole thing.

My main concern is I dont want it to become comlplicated, as I have to dose this, and not to much of that, and bouncing back and forth with ferts.
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I use dry ferts and spend about 10 mins a day feeding my 3 planted tanks. If you follow the EI it's not complicated. You can even mix it so as you dose liquid.
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One possibility is you're burning the Anacharis with that much light. Personally, I have a few plants I would love to use but that just won't do well in my tanks. I simply don't grow them. I'd love to have an apple tree in my back yard too, but I'm in Florida and they don't grow here. I have oranges, lemons, grapefruit and Key Limes instead.

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I thought of the lighting being an issue, whay would one of my anacharis being doing fine and the others burning out? They are palnted in the same place of the tank.
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