Watersprite Dying Help! - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 Old 01-31-2010, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Watersprite Dying Help!

Hi, I got a bunch of water sprite from ebay and I put it in a gallon of water to float and grow before putting it into the aquarium. But after two weeks all the leaves have lost their green color and are white/brown. Some of the roots are still white. I don't know what I did wrong I thought they were really easy to grow and can float around...the java moss that I put in another gallon of water seems to be doing fine. Please advise, thanks!
seltzerwater is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 01-31-2010, 09:04 PM
Member
 
Angel079's Avatar
 
What light did you use over this gallon bucket???

~ Life Is Too Short, Break The Rules, Forgive Quickly, Kiss Slowly, Love Truly, Laugh Uncontrollably And Never Regret Anything that Made You Smile.
Life May Not Be The Party We Hoped For, But While We're Here, We Should Dance. ~
Angel079 is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 01-31-2010, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
6500k fluorescent
seltzerwater is offline  
post #4 of 10 Old 01-31-2010, 09:14 PM
Member
 
Angel079's Avatar
 
Wattage? Duration you ran it?
When plants turn like what you're describing they either do not get enough light and/ or not enough nutrition; normally plants will feed of of the tank (fish food, CO2 from fish, fish poo etc) I really think with the clean bucket there rather then adding them to your tank after a lil soaking you done more harm then good.

~ Life Is Too Short, Break The Rules, Forgive Quickly, Kiss Slowly, Love Truly, Laugh Uncontrollably And Never Regret Anything that Made You Smile.
Life May Not Be The Party We Hoped For, But While We're Here, We Should Dance. ~
Angel079 is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 01-31-2010, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
16 hours a day 32 watts x2 :(
seltzerwater is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 01-31-2010, 10:34 PM
Member
 
Angel079's Avatar
 
Ok, lemme see if I understand you.....You're saying you took a ONE gallon jug water with plants stuffed in it and ran TWO 32 watts @ 6500K for 16hrs per day over this.......Uhm yea that sorta kinda literally does indeed burn/ melt your plants.....Its all about the balance and that is far from any balance.....

Now lemme ask you - What size tank do you have and what lights (watt, K's Hrs) do you run over that?

~ Life Is Too Short, Break The Rules, Forgive Quickly, Kiss Slowly, Love Truly, Laugh Uncontrollably And Never Regret Anything that Made You Smile.
Life May Not Be The Party We Hoped For, But While We're Here, We Should Dance. ~
Angel079 is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 01-31-2010, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
i have the lights over a whole bench filled with other plants..and plants were not stuffed quite roomy..and why isn't the java moss burnt my research said they required less light than water sprites but they're doing fine...
seltzerwater is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 02-01-2010, 09:27 AM
Member
 
Angel079's Avatar
 
Like I said its ALL about the balance between lights & nutrition (which there's prop next to 0 of them w/out fish there); be GLAD yur java moss survived!

~ Life Is Too Short, Break The Rules, Forgive Quickly, Kiss Slowly, Love Truly, Laugh Uncontrollably And Never Regret Anything that Made You Smile.
Life May Not Be The Party We Hoped For, But While We're Here, We Should Dance. ~
Angel079 is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 02-01-2010, 09:48 AM
Member
 
WisFish's Avatar
 
ferts might have helped. But other concerns I have are water temp and water movement. If you don't keep the water above 75 that might be why they are dying. It also helps to keep the water moving. That way the water can replentish its supply of CO2 and expell the o2 created by the plants.
WisFish is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 02-01-2010, 03:29 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
I second WisFish. First a comment on the light, I think there may be a mis-understanding...I am assuming from your posts that you have several aquaria and these gallon jugs on a shelf/bench with the fluorescent light fixture suspended over the lot, correct? In which case the light is fine. I think Angel thought there was one light over just the jug, and that would not have worked.

As WisFish mentioned, plants need nutrients and these they get from being in an aquarium with fish, plus added liquid fertilizer in most cases to supplement the minerals that may be missing from just fish and tap water.

By watersprite I assume it is Ceratopteris, the floating India Fern being another common name. This plant is a very heavy feeder, as are most floating plants; they develop fine roots to absorb more nutrients from the water, but as there were no fish in the water it was basically devoid of nutrients. Floating plants obtain CO2 from the air, another reason why they are such fast growers compared to submersed plants. But the mineral nutrients and nitrogen must come from the water. If you have any left alive, put it in (floating) an established fish tank and it should recover in a couple of weeks. One other comment on this plant, it does not do well in very hard alkaline water, but will adapt to basic slightly or moderately hard water. It also does not like changes in water parameters, and sometimes takes a while to settle in to a tank with different water from what it was previously living in. I have had these plants almost die back when moved from one tank to another if water parameters are significantly different.

Byron.

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 you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
dying again :( fiona Tropical Fish Diseases 1 05-19-2007 02:28 PM
cat dying microsoft Off Topic Discussions 13 10-29-2006 08:51 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome