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russp 03-03-2008 10:01 AM

Val loosing leaves
I have a ten gallon planted tank that has been set up about a year and doing well. Recently my corkscrew val has started loosing entire leaves, probably two or three a day. There is still plenty of new growth but I don't know if enough to keep up with the lost leaves. All my other plants (2 java fern, 2 anubis) are doing fine; water parameters are all good and have not changed. Any ideas or is this a non problem?

fish_4_all 03-03-2008 10:23 AM

Is it only old growth that is falling off? My vals did this when they got too thick.

Also, being it has been a year, it might be time to replace your lights as most will lose "power" after a year. They actually lose lumens and spectrum but need to be replaced either way unless they are power compacts flourescents.

russp 03-03-2008 11:17 AM

The bulbs are compact flourescents about 3 months old. I think the lost leaves are mostly old growth but not 100% sure. I'll keep an eye on it.

fish_4_all 03-03-2008 11:30 AM

Most likley old growth then. Might be a lack of nutrients causing the plant to sluff off the old leave sbut even when I dosed really heavily mine lost the older leaves.

russp 03-14-2008 02:42 PM

Since my original posting, this problem with the val stopped after all the leaves of the original plant had died off and only its offshoot plants were left.

fish_4_all 03-16-2008 10:21 PM

Hmm, good information. D you know the exact type of Valisnaria you have? I had corkscrews that never went that extreme but did die off a little just before I saw new offshoots get a couple new leaves. Never put the two together.

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