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New to Planted Tanks, Need Some Help

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Hi everyone, I've had occasional plants in my tanks in the past but after a little while of no tanks, I very recently set up a 10 gallon that I wanted to have plants. It's in the middle of fishless cycling right now, I've just hit the nitrite spike. It has a Fluval Aquaclear 50 filter with just the sponge and the bio media, no carbon. The plants I have in it are all from the Top Fin packets where the plant roots are in gel (sorry if that's a bad discription :wink2:).

I have Bacopa Caroliniana, Anubias Nana, Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green, and Staurogyne Repens. They're in Eco Complete Planted Substrate with occasional Seachem Root Tabs. Anubias Nana are tied to two pieces of rock. Ph is 7.8 and temperature is 78 degrees. I'm dosing .83mL of Seachem Flourish Comprehesive weekly and 1mL of Seachem Excel daily; hopefully I'm doing that right, just followed the bottle instructions. My lighting is one 18 inch Zoo Med Ultra Sun Trichromatic Super Daylight 6500K Fluorescent Bulb T8 15 Watt, and it's on a timer from 11am to 7pm. The plants only been in the tank for about 8 days now.

I'm not sure if I have a reason to be worried or not, but the plants don't look amazing and I wanted to make sure I wasn't killing them somehow. I just want some advice to make sure I'm doing okay. :smile2: I'm going to include pictures in attachments to show what I mean. When I put them in I trimmed off everything dead, and everything looked good. I'm specifically worried about the Staurogyne Repens and the Cryptocoryne Wendtii, they're both a little brown around the edges of some leaves.

The first two full tank pictures are of when I first added the plants to the tank, and the rest are of the plants right now.

Any advice is hugely appreciated! I'm just trying to make sure I do everything right, thank you so much :smile2:


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Crypts often suffer a bit of transplant shock and look a bit ratty for awhile. It's called crypt melt. Give them time and they should be fine. I've never grown stauro so I can't help you there. Sorry.
Beautiful tank! They look very nice, I also have recently used the top fin packaged plants. I have had no problems with them, and have had them for a few months and they are growing like crazy, they do very well once added intoa tank. The only thing that happens for me when I get the top fin plants is some of the roots and old leaves died after I put them in but then they grew new ones, so if that happens don't worry its probably just getting used to an acual tank. Looks great !
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