Brazilian Pennywort leaves..
Just bought quite a few bunches to float for my 55g and they've been in there 5-6 days. Is it normal for some of the original leaves to become brittle and fall off ? I am seeing plenty of new growth and the roots are starting to grow down from them.
Yes. It's not unusual for the stems to lose all their leaves and then grow out new ones altogether. I had a couple of sticks that I just let float and, as long as the stem stays green and healthy looking, it will grow back again.
I just started floating mine... actually it grew up and over and I can't keep it rooted now that there is so much floating growth pulling it up.
Different water parameters, lighting might do this but the lower part often doesn't have many leaves.
Here's a shot of mine, all still planted. You can see the leafless part and even one bare stem. That bare stem now has a small leaf at the top node started. Best propagation for these seems to be to just cut them off just above the lowest node and replant or flow that stem part.
just like to add that is it also common for most plants to lose some leafs, be it anubas ferns stems or whatever. a new environment will cause some leaf drop off. in any instance if your plant is losing leafs but has new growth it will be ok. some trasition faster then others though.
i have to thin out my floating pennywort every two weeks, otherwise it becomes so thick that the substrate plants don't receive enough light. originally i only purchased two bunches, and it's grown so much i've been able to add it to all 6 of my tanks. it's an awesome floating plant. and it's also a very good stem plant, if you choose to plant it in the substrate.
here's an above and a beneath view from one of my tanks...
Wow, what kind of lighting do you have? Really doubt my pennywort will ever look like that with the current lighting I have. My new leaves are much much much smaller. Looks like you use Co2 system, I know nothing about Co2 systems.
Some of th e tips of my stems are melting also, what causes this?
It took my Brazilian Pennywort a few weeks to develop, and after a few months it was thick like Rip's and I was tossing out handfuls every week. Periodically it takes a downturn, probably a rest.
If you cut it below the first node, that part will melt away up to the first healthy node... so as long as it is the "bottom" that is melting and you are seeing new growth at the top or along the stem, then all is probably fine.
Yeah ,it's not the whole stem
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