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Heyoooo. So a little over a week ago, I got in an order of aquatic plants and planted them all in my tank. I had to leave on spring break and wasn't home from Friday March 29th till today, and when I got back, the plants aren't completely dying per say, but they could be doing better. The pygmy chain swords have a good amount of brown leaves, the wisteria is yellow and showing rot in some leaves, and even the anacharis is showing some browning. I have API root tabs in the substrate which is otherwise inert. I also dosed seachem excel before I left and gave another full dose when I got back. But is there anything else I can do to help these plants get better? The photoperiod right now is six hours a day but I'll probably bump it up now that I'm back and can monitor things. Any advice would really be appreciated. Thank you!
 

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Heyoooo. So a little over a week ago, I got in an order of aquatic plants and planted them all in my tank. I had to leave on spring break and wasn't home from Friday March 29th till today, and when I got back, the plants aren't completely dying per say, but they could be doing better. The pygmy chain swords have a good amount of brown leaves, the wisteria is yellow and showing rot in some leaves, and even the anacharis is showing some browning. I have API root tabs in the substrate which is otherwise inert. I also dosed seachem excel before I left and gave another full dose when I got back. But is there anything else I can do to help these plants get better? The photoperiod right now is six hours a day but I'll probably bump it up now that I'm back and can monitor things. Any advice would really be appreciated. Thank you!


It’s not uncommon for plants to melt in their new home over the first 3 weeks or so. Just cut off the yellowing and dying leaves and look for the new growth. Don’t over do it with fertilizer it sounds like you have that covered with the tabs. I wouldn’t add more excel. Some plants are sensitive to it. Let them start their new growth then get back to your regular fertilizer methods. Good luck with your aquarium.


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If they came from most of the commercial operations, both small and large, there is a high possibility that many if not all of plant species you got had been grown emersed with roots below water but leaves above. This will cause a transition period where the emersed growth will melt while the new submersed growth begins to form, as mentioned above.

If you’ve got co2 & actively dose, I would suggest continuing to dose but we aware that the new plants won’t be using quite as much until they are done transitioning. 6hr is plenty of light. The least amount of time I’ll ever recommend(or use myself) is about 4hr. If you’ve got other plants in your tank that aren’t super slow grower like Anubias, Bucephalandra, or other similar growing speed plants, I’d be hesitant to adjust the photoperiod.

Most plants will bounce back pretty quick, maybe 2-5 weeks. You might think about weekly or weekly + as needed water changes(if you don’t currently have that schedule) so that all of the decaying plant matter won’t cause any issues. You shouldn’t have any serious issues transitioning you new plants. I know you got the short answer version above, just thought I’d add a bit more detail. Good luck.



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I don't believe this is an emerged issue with the plants.

You are using API root tabs. these provide nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous, and iron. that is 4 out of the 14 nutrients that are essential to get plants to grow. Nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous are 3 of the 6 macro nutrients. you are missing the other 3, calcium, magnesium and sulfur. Iron is a micro nutrient.There are 7 other micros needed.
excel only provides a source of carbon and has no macro and micro nutrients.

If you are short on just one nutrient you may get little to no growth and your plants may start to die. Now your water and substrate in your aquarium may have some of the missing nutrients but it is unlikely they will entirely cover the shortage. Your plant have likely greatly depleted the missing nutrients and are now suffering. Short term you can do a a large water change to boost nutrient levels. Long term you need to get a more complete fertilizer. I would suggest Niloct.com Thrive. It is much more complete than any API or Seachem fertilizer.

The fulll macro list in Nitrogen (N), Potassium (K), Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg), Phosphorous (P), and Sulfur (S)

The full micro list is Iron (Fe), Chlorine (Cl), Manganese (Mn), Boron (B), Zinc (Zn), Copper Cu), Molybdenum (Mo), and Nickel (Ni)
 
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