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This is a discussion on Ludwigia Help! within the Beginner Planted Aquarium forums, part of the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium category; --> Originally Posted by northlakefarm My plants are in the gravel...which is on the glass. My honrwort is ontop of the gravel. Do I need ...

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Old 12-02-2010, 06:42 PM   #11
 
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My plants are in the gravel...which is on the glass. My honrwort is ontop of the gravel. Do I need to plant these with the soil underneath?!
At this stage I would not recommend you consider soil substrates, that has a lot of issues of its own for someone new to a planted aquarium.

I have been growing plants in regular aquarium gravel for 20 years. It is the light first and foremost that is crucial, and then nutrients (fertilizers). I agree with Blaxicanlatino that red ludwigia is more fussy, but given the fact that you were doing well I would suggest we simply improve what went wrong. And I previously offered what I can in that regard.

Keeping things simple means less can go wrong.
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:11 PM   #12
 
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Plants grow differently for different people. Like you, one of my first plants was ludwigea repens.

Don't worry about an enriched substrate. Just don't vacuum the substrate around the plants and you'll be fine. :)
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Old 12-04-2010, 06:25 PM   #13
 
Just to update, in case anyone else has this problem...I replaced my bulb, and have been adding a double dose of plant food twice a week, and my plants have completly recovered in one week! The yellowing and whiting slowly has turned to dark green and red:) YAY thanks everyone!!
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:58 AM   #14
 
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First time I bought ludwigia repens, it grew like a weed but the bottom stalks would brown and melt away... I finally got tired of this and got.rid of the plant. A year later I bought the plant again amd it rotted a bit the same way... But after a week or two, it hasn't done it since however it isnt growing as fast
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:07 PM   #15
 
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Perhaps you buried it too deep or crushed the stem when you planted it?
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Old 12-06-2010, 09:16 PM   #16
 
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Perhaps you buried it too deep or crushed the stem when you planted it?
lol i was planting in sand XD it was so weird though. oh well, they arent doing now XD
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:06 AM   #17
 
My plants are still happy and growing...but this week when I have been waking up, some of my pants have been "bitten" in half and of course not in the sand anymore. Weird, I wonder WHO is messing with my plants! I cant figure out if it's my snail, frog or gourami's. But it's my hornwort that is always bitten at the bottom of the stalk and floating around..
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:44 PM   #18
 
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My plants are still happy and growing...but this week when I have been waking up, some of my pants have been "bitten" in half and of course not in the sand anymore. Weird, I wonder WHO is messing with my plants! I cant figure out if it's my snail, frog or gourami's. But it's my hornwort that is always bitten at the bottom of the stalk and floating around..
do you have in algae on the leaves of the red ludwigia? mine started growing green spots on some of the leaves
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:20 PM   #19
 
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Hornwort will tend to break apart like that, due to various things (water, light, nutrients, etc). I had it years ago and it was too messy for me.
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