Java fern dying?
These plants have been in here for 2 weeks now. They hung out in a bucket for 2 weeks before hand with no issues.
Suddenly they are turning brown and what looks like dying. They're all on a piece of large driftwood.
5500k light. Dose with Flourish bi-weekly. Fine gravel. Light is on for 11 hours.
Now that i'm really looking at it. Nothing looks like it is "flourishing" so to say.
4 Swords ( not sure of type, bought off someone for cheap. Look like vine swords?)
4 Small Java ferns on drift wood.
1 Pennywort? I think this what it is. Floating around
1 bunch of Needle Leaf Rotala
1 dwarf subulata
1 bunch of narrow leaf Ludwigia
1 bunch rotala indica
1 large bunch of mint charlie
1 Chain Sword
Today I was going to swap some plants around with my 10 gallon. So I bought Purple Cabomba , 2 red wendtii, and filigree myrio to see how they'd work out.
I have Java fern in my 10 gallon that isn't attached to anything but just hanging out on top the substrate that has doubled in size in the past 3 weeks. Lol! As to why I'm confused.
All or most plants sometimes react to environmental changes as when moved to a new tank. But aside from that, as this is Java Fern, I would suspect the light may be too much. This is a shade plant and in direct overhead light does often fail as you describe. Also, being a slow-grower, it needs less nutrient supplementation. However, the other mentioned plants do need more nutrients, so they should handle this aspect OK. Some floating plants to shade the light will help the JF.
I have been having trouble finding floating plants at my LFS, so I'm going to have to order them. I have a small amount of duckweed floating around but it's not sufficient enough.
Will a bunch of floating plants cause my other plants that need more light to die off though?
I'm going to temporarily put them in my 10 gallon to let them revive until I can buy some floating plants. Since I know my JF are doing well in there.
Some stem plants do well floating. Hornwort, Brazilian Pennywort, Cabomba, Wisteria.
I'll try floating my hornwort then and see how it goes. If not they might just have to live in the 10 gallon.
Pushed into the gravel? It's been fine and one of the better looking plants in the tank at the moment.
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