Originally Posted by Angel079
Uhm if the plant drop the old leaves with which it was shipped that's very common on sensitive plants; my Tiger Lotus for example lost ALL leaves after shipment then then grew back from the roots left only.
However if its not ONLY the "old" leaves doing this but leaves that grew after you already planted them then I'd investigate your light intensity there; because many plants will indeed literally melt under too much light.
Thank you for the reply, I am relieved that neither is any need to worry.
It is indeed the old leaves, there are two or three leaves at the growing end that look fine.
Also, when I first planted them in the 5G, I put the only extra cool white bulb I had over the tank...
which would have been over 4 WPG. (23W bulb over 5G!)
I now have a 10W CFL, with a homemade reflector that I purposefully made somewhat inneffective so it should be getting, I don't know... 5-7W of light? Something close to there. (hard to guess, thats a good ballpark. Definately less than ten. If it's too bright, I can move the light farther away and calculate with the inverse square law.
(You know what that is, right? Double the distance from a light source, the amount of light hitting the object is reduced by 25%)
I'll see how everything is in a week, but how much light do you think I need to make my indica and rotala become red again?
(They were bright red when I got them and are already almost completely green. Could it be iron, or is it light?)
just read your post again. Guess it could have gotten bruised in shipping... I hope they grow back :/
Since it happened in my 5G I moved the melted one to my 10G guppy...
(mostly so the snails could eat all the mush off)
Also, austin, you posted a split second before me so I couldn't squeeze a reply in-
it's the leaves that are mush, the stems seem okay to me.
I was very gentle.
I'm just letting bacteria and plants do their thing without a filter in this tank...
At maximum population, it'll probably have 6 ember tetras and a small colony of an invert (dwarf shrimp or micro crabs) with some MTS.
It'll still be ever slightly under-populated so the plants and occasional WC every couple weeks should be plenty. :D Au Naturale tank.