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fish_4_all 12-21-2007 06:22 PM

Can they be saved?
I lost power here for 5 days and my plants have suffered. I won't talk about the fish short of saying I am starting over, completely. The plants I thought had come out of it fine but now they are losing their leaves and suffering badly. The temperature got down to 40F or lower in the tanks for 3 days so it was a nasty power outage.

My Anubias, both Nana and Afzelli are losing their leaves, turning brown and basically rotting off. Most of the rhozimes seem in tact but the ends on some of them are turning to mush, or seem to be. Might just be an attempt to close off the ends by the plant or something similar. Most of the leaves have been removed so the rhizome doesn't have to put so much energy into repairing them.
My Bacopa Australis and Primrose are both losing their leaves and seem that the stems might suffer also.
Crypt Lucens is pouting but shows no adverse effects, yet, short of lack of growth.

Is there anything I can do to help the plants recover or am I looking at possibly losing them all?

I dose plenty of nutrients, EI basically but I lost all my biolocal filtration and also had a massive spike in both ammonia and nitrites.

pH 7.4
GH 10
KH 8
Temp now steady 78F
Lighting is ~33 watts over 10 gallon tank.
Ammonia is now 0ppm
Nitrites now 0ppm
Nitrates ~20ppm

herefishy 12-21-2007 10:22 PM

I would trim of all distressed leaves. Look for any emergent growth and spare that. You may be looking at totally losing everything. But, I would give it the effort so that I would never have to say"What if......."?

Any bulb plants, apodogen, ect, if the plants totally die off, remove the bulb. If you wish, you may be able to remove them from the tank now if the leaves are horribly distressed Allow them to dry. Store them in the closet for about 1 month after they have dried. Vermiculite is a good item in which to pack them. Just use a shoe box. Replant.

fish_4_all 12-23-2007 04:40 PM

So far it looks like the Crypts, the bacopa and the Ludwigia will pull through as they are starting to show some new growth. As for the Anubias, still don't know. I have a couple where there are no leaves left, , a coule with a few dead leaves and no new growth yet, a couple with some ok leaves and thankfully, the main and largest one had the least damage to it and looks like I will at least have a centerpiece left to get more plants down the road.

Would it help to heavily dose anything like nitrates, potassium, or maybe magnesium? Is there a specific nutrient that might encourage new growth and help the anubias put more effort into growth instead of repair?

herefishy 12-23-2007 05:42 PM

I think I would hedge away from adding nirogen as it may burn the tender, distressed leaves. Micro nutrients are always a good idea. Something with potash could help. Remember the old adage, up(nitrogen), down(phophorus) and all around(potash). This refers to what areas of plant growth each element deals with. Nitrogen, leaves and visible plant grwoth. It also helps to green up plants. Phosphorus, items like bone meal, stimulates root developement. Potash contributes to the all around health of the plant. Of course, being in a close environment, care should be taken in the amount of dosage should be strictly monitored, and dosages should also be sparingly administered.

fish_4_all 12-29-2007 03:16 PM

Well it looks like I may luck out all the way aorund. The Primrose is coming back with new shoots. The Cabomba/bacopa (not sure which one it is) is showing a very strong push to get out new roots and new shoots are coming out of the subrate so I should be bale to remove all the damaged/dying stalks soon. The crypts are coming back and putting down a lot of roots also but no new growth yet. The anubias are coming back with new leaves and I think even the ones that have nothing left as far as leaves are trying to put out new ones. Only one small seciton of Anubias rhizome might be lost but I am still holding on that it may come back.

Lessons learned can be hard ones and this was a big one. Patience has a whole new meaning now as I have never had to restart from almost nothing before and I hope to never have to do it again.

herefishy 12-29-2007 04:11 PM

I am truly happy for you, Chris. I would think that losing all of my tanks the way you did would be harder than having to sell off everything because of relocating and then having to start over.

Sometimes it pays to be lucky more so than being good at what you do. lol

fish_4_all 12-30-2007 02:44 PM

Would I be able to basically plant an entire section of primrose? It has roots from almost every node and new little shoots but I am worried that the main stalk is gonna rot too much and all of the new shoots will die?

I would basically remove all the leaves form the main stalk and bury the stalk so that the new shoots are sticking out of the gravel. I might have to cut section but at least the roots would have access to the nutrients in the substrate.

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