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post #21 of 38 Old 08-04-2013, 01:55 AM
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You mentioned you noticed this after a water change..

Have you changed the water in other tanks since this happened?
Did you change the water in other tanks the same day?

What is the pH of your water? Let me know if its normal.

Are the clear leaves 'rigid', or limp like they are turning to mush?

How long after the water change did the plants start to suffer?

Without these answers, I suspect a nutrient deficiency- definitely a macro nutrient.
Even the dying plants may still be growing, and sacrificing old leaves to produce new ones.
Trim all damaged leaves, and for now, feed your fish slightly more. (More fish poop equals more nutrients.)

I also suggest root tabs, but if you have access to clay (such as in your yard), you can make your own.

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post #22 of 38 Old 08-04-2013, 04:49 PM
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Can the chlorine level really get elevated that much? I would think that anything that "makes tap water safe for fish" would be able to handle any level that's legal in tap water. :X Scary that this could happen at random, if this is the case. :/
I agree, it does seem unlikely that is the cause. You'd be able to smell the chlorine.

18 species/varieties of fish, 15 species/varieties of plants - The fish are finally ahead of the plants!
*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.
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You would definitely smell the chlorine if it was that high. In my planted only tanks half the time I don't even use a conditioner and have never had plants melt due to chlorine.

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You mentioned you noticed this after a water change..

Have you changed the water in other tanks since this happened?
Did you change the water in other tanks the same day?

What is the pH of your water? Let me know if its normal.

Are the clear leaves 'rigid', or limp like they are turning to mush?

How long after the water change did the plants start to suffer?

Without these answers, I suspect a nutrient deficiency- definitely a macro nutrient.
Even the dying plants may still be growing, and sacrificing old leaves to produce new ones.
Trim all damaged leaves, and for now, feed your fish slightly more. (More fish poop equals more nutrients.)

I also suggest root tabs, but if you have access to clay (such as in your yard), you can make your own.
This was the only tank we did a water change on that day and the main reason was that we were re-establishing our QT and I wanted to put nice healthy water in there so we tested it first, everything was great. pH was at 7.2 and everything else was perfect or very near. So we took 10 gallons from that tank and put it in our 10g QT (which is still testing perfect)
Since this incident and after the 100% water change the NitrItes are running very high bit I suspect it is from disrupting everything in there during the "incident"

Plants started showing distress about 2 days after the water change.

The leaves were limp and mushy

Looking through our storage of chemicals the only bottle near the same size of the bottle of prime is "Ich Attack" my son said he did not mistakenly put that in there but if he did could that have killed all of the fish and plants????

So...here is the update, I trimmed all of the melted leaves and anything browning at all (so so sad to do that)
I bought Flourish and root tabs and and hoping for the best. Feeding fish twice daily hoping for extra poop :)

I'm doing every other day 30% water changes and will continue to do so.

How long do you think we should do this and is every other day sufficient?

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post #25 of 38 Old 08-05-2013, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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I'm stumped, too. The only thing I can recommend would be to call the water company and see if something's up with the water (I live in FL too and have also been getting torrents of rain, but haven't noticed anything in the tap...*fingers crossed*).

If the company says the tap hasn't changed, I'd do lots of water changes, just in case something else my have gotten into the system.

Agree with pruning dead leaves, and then I guess it's just a wait and see :( So sorry this happened to you!

Do you have the API Liquid Test kit? Are you able to test the numbers in the tank?

Also, in the first pic...what plant is that?
Called the water company, they say everything is fine and the same??
I tested everything with API Liquid test just prior to water change and everything was perfect. pH was 7.2 and everything else was perfect or trace.
I'm doing 30% water changes every other day

The plant on the first pic is an Anubias Congensis (or something like that) LOL
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post #26 of 38 Old 08-05-2013, 11:00 PM
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The tank that has high nitrites does it have fish in it??

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post #27 of 38 Old 10-10-2013, 09:44 AM
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Are you still having this issue?!
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post #29 of 38 Old 10-10-2013, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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No, it seems everything has stabilized. All if the plants that are left are doing ok. I added root tabs and am only using flourish. Although none of that had to do with my sudden death.
Thank you for all of your help!!
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post #30 of 38 Old 10-10-2013, 10:34 AM
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Thanks for the update! I've been wondering how things were going with you! Too bad the mystery is still a mystery, but glad to hear things have stabilized and growing again!
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