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post #1 of 49 Old 09-14-2012, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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my plants are turning brown

My plants are turning brown and I'm not sure why. My tank is a 50 gallon and it's well established. I have:


Dwarf Sagittaria
Riccia Fluitan
Taiwan Moss
Amazon Sword
Leopard Valisneria


Plus a Sponge filter with a bubbler attached. NO other filtration. My tank is very well established (been up for years now). My substrate is new though. I got rid of the old rocks and put in Echo Complete. There was a lot of "crud" kicked up after I took out the rocks but it's all settled now.

Today I added some seachem flourish exel. Do you think that will help? Why would they be turning brown?

I have 4 bristlenose plecos but I don't think they destroy plants.

I'd hate to lose these plants. I recently purchased them and would hate to lose the money. They have been in my tank for week.

My PH is around a 6 or 6.5 right now. all my levels seem to be fine.
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I'd hate to lose these plants. I recently purchased them and would hate to lose the money. They have been in my tank for week.

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The plants will die and grow back. Don't worry they're just adjusting to your water.
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I'd hate to lose these plants. I recently purchased them and would hate to lose the money. They have been in my tank for week.
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The plants will die and grow back. Don't worry they're just adjusting to your water.
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Thanks! That makes me feel a lot better!
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Thanks! That makes me feel a lot better!
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post #5 of 49 Old 09-15-2012, 12:47 AM
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When you will grow any kind of vegetation, then first they will check the water. So, in your case they examined that water and changed the shade, in the sense they passed away. They will grow again as per my perspective.
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post #6 of 49 Old 09-15-2012, 11:50 AM
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Has this always been a planted tank? Do you have the correct lighting? Try adding some Seachem Flourish it is a better overall fert, the excel is okay but its just a carbon replacement. You could have other issues. I personally like the Eco Complete, it works very well for me.
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Yes, there may be much more here. Can you describe your light in detail. And, aside from the substrate, are you adding any fertilizers and if so, which and how often?

New plants often lose the existing leaves which is fine provided new leaves are appearing. This is due to a couple of factors; how they are propagated by the nursery, and the simple fact of different water parameters/light. I would like to know the answer to the above questions though, as the initial setback can become permanent if light/nutrients are not sufficient. A photo of the tank might help too.

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Yes, there may be much more here. Can you describe your light in detail. And, aside from the substrate, are you adding any fertilizers and if so, which and how often?

New plants often lose the existing leaves which is fine provided new leaves are appearing. This is due to a couple of factors; how they are propagated by the nursery, and the simple fact of different water parameters/light. I would like to know the answer to the above questions though, as the initial setback can become permanent if light/nutrients are not sufficient. A photo of the tank might help too.

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I have a Glo T5 HO Linear Fluorescent Lighting System Single bulb with a Coralife 80413 6700K T-5 High Output Fluorescent Lamp, 39-Watt bulb.

This has not always been a planted tank but has been for quite a few month's now.

I have the seachem flourish tabs that I just put in a few weeks ago as well as the liquid version.

The sword has died back multiple times and always ends up turing brown.
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I have a Glo T5 HO Linear Fluorescent Lighting System Single bulb with a Coralife 80413 6700K T-5 High Output Fluorescent Lamp, 39-Watt bulb.

This has not always been a planted tank but has been for quite a few month's now.

I have the seachem flourish tabs that I just put in a few weeks ago as well as the liquid version.

The sword has died back multiple times and always ends up turing brown.
I'd like to confirm the light is sufficient, can you give me the length of this tank (a 50g) and the length of the fluorescent tube itself?

By liquid I assume you do mean the Flourish Comprehensive Supplement, and not Flourish Excel that was mentioned previously?

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I'd like to confirm the light is sufficient, can you give me the length of this tank (a 50g) and the length of the fluorescent tube itself?

By liquid I assume you do mean the Flourish Comprehensive Supplement, and not Flourish Excel that was mentioned previously?

Byron.

I stopped using the excel and I use the comprehensive weekly now.

the bulb is 34" long

Here is a view of the light: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g4...y/IMG_1959.jpg

Here is my fish tank. The water looks browner then it is because I don't have a back drop and the color of my wall (tan) makes it look really dirty. That and I still think there is still lots of crud that comes up when I clean the tank. I have to be careful though because my gravel is very fine so it gets sucked up the tube.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g4...y/IMG_1958.jpg

The measurements of my tank are this: 36" length 16" wide and 21" tall.

Oh and I was with out a light bulb for over a week because mine died prematurely and amazon sent me the wrong size light bulb twice. When I turned it back on my VAL had hair growing on it :(

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