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post #11 of 11 Old 01-24-2010, 01:24 PM
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Plants frequently react to changes in water parameters, lighting, and/or nutrients by melting, browning leaves, etc. It can also be due to inadequate light and/or insufficient nutrients.

Crypts are notorious for "melting" at any of the above changes. Just leave the roots, they will usually come back with new leaves, sometimes within days, sometimes weeks. Crypts are particular in requiring stable water parameters and quality.

The brown on the Sagitarria may be light or nutrient related. Originally you mentioned a 15w tube, why did you get rid of it? It might have been preferable to a desk lamp. Not sure, just a thought. And are you using any fertiloizers? Nutrients have to come from somewhere, and with soft water (as I have) with little or no mineral content plus few fish to provide waste and minerals from fish food, liquid fertilizer is likely going to be necessary. A good comprehensive fert like Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive, Kent Freshwater Plant, or Nutrafin's Plant-Gro will work.

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Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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