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My Plants Are All Melting Two Days Into Walstad Approach

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Tanks Size: 2 feet * 1 feet * 1 feet
Ph: 7.5
Substrate: Mineralized soil topped by aquarium clay gravel.

Problem: Dwarf Sag is melting, water sprite tip is turning brown, vallisneria's is also turning brown.

The tank is only 2 days old. Water is crystal clear. HOB filter (Purigen+Charcoal+Ceramic rings). Are the plants just adapting from an emersed setup (newly bought from shop) to being submerged in my aquarium. Usually they say stuff like, a new walstad tank is very nutrient rich, you will have algae and stuff. Where is the algae? Will I lose all my plants this way?

Or is this about high CEC of my clay gravel and plants being nutrient deprived initially?
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It's only 2 days old, even algae doesn't double fast enough to see it in two days from a new start. Any reason in particular you're running purigen and charcoal? Usually you don't need to remove organics from the water in walstad tanks. Also if you provide a picture it would help since some plants have different leaf structures when converting from emerged to submerged forms.
 

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Don't worry about nutrient deficiency in new tanks, that comes later when everything is growing like crazy. Most likely you are seeing plants adapting to a different environment, especially if they were grown emersed.

Main thing is called patience... establishing a tank isn't done in days, it happens in months (sometimes many).
 

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Thank you beaver and wasser. I run purigen because it has simply become a habit for me. Its always in the filter and I like the sparkling water. Diana in her book recommends charcoal for the first few days. I 'll remove it then. I will post pics tomorrow, it's too late in my part of the world and a baby is sleeping near the tank. And I agree with both of you, May be I should wait this out a bit.
 

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+1 for giving it time.
I’d also think about removing one of the purifiers you added(or both perhaps). I’d think unless your already putting fish or shrimp in, you really don’t need either. Is the Dwarf sag tissue culture of was it previously submerged?


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The fishes are in already. Sorry for not mentioning this. 4 platies, 2 serpe tetras, 3 red eye tetras, 1 glass fish. I removed 2 tiger barbs for pulling the plants out. They seem to be doing good. A lot of you are advising about the filter. Will remove it tomorrow. So it's a matter of waiting this out then. Will keep updating.

I am not sure how they grow the plants. The store does not know either. It changes many hands from the farm I guess.
 

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@ninemag. Nobody knows whether the plant was underwater before I got it not even the fish store from where I purchased it. It changes many hands between the farm and the store. I presume it is grown emersed. Cabomba, Bacoppa Monneri and Indian Fern (water sprite) had no roots, only cuttings. That's how they propagate and that's how its sold. Dwarf sag, Val, Crypt had roots.

@Joyce. Do you mean a emersed set up. This is a walsatd attempt.

@Subjected. Purigen removed. Thanks.

@JusticeBeaver. Pics attached. Please let me know what you think.




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Maybe substrate issue. If you stick a chopstick/plant tongs into the soil near the plants do you see bubbles?

Bump: If you see a big bubble or multiple. Then you may want to compact your soil a bit more.
 

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The plants look fine to me, 2 days in. The ones I see have been grown submerged and I do not see much melt.

I hope you started with a mature filter. A 2-day old ~15g tank, with soil, fresh driftwood, and a bunch of fish, must make an interesting cocktail. I would check for Ammonia. The driftwood looks pretty raw to me, did you clean it?

https://www.thespruce.com/activated-carbon-in-the-aquarium-1380929
 
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