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ghosty 03-15-2009 07:50 PM

browning leafs
k so i've had my plants for 3 wks now i think....the lower leafs are starting to brown the plants are cambia all water parameters are normal they are planted in sand. what could be causing this

aunt kymmie 03-15-2009 11:04 PM

Do you mean cabomba?? If you meant cabomba the bottom leaves do eventually turn brown as it ages. This plant grows quickly and reaches the water line in my tank pretty quickly. When it does I just uproot it, cut off the end up to where the brown ends and replant it. It's a step & repeat process monthly but this plant is one of the better looking plants in my tank.
(I also have sand substrate)

PS. Is this the tank your were treating for ich? Warm water & salt can be hard on plants also.

Lupin 03-15-2009 11:07 PM

The issue here is the lack of penetration of light to the bottom part which is why the leaves are turning brown. How did you plant the cabombas?

aunt kymmie 03-15-2009 11:46 PM

That's interesting as I'm sure I have more than enough light (260W 6500K CF on a 100g).
If mine are turning brown as ghosty's are, can there also be another reason for the browning of bottom leaves?? When planted I trim off any leaves at the last two to three nodes at the bottom of the plant, then plant them about 1 1/2 to 2" into the sand. Is there a better way??

ghosty 03-16-2009 10:27 AM

yeah thoughs are the plants i can never remember what they are called.yes aunt kymmie it is the tank that i was treating for ich. i have since done my water changes and there is no more salt in the water, actually it was after the water changes that i noticed the browning of the leaves, i would think that it is just coincodence though.

aunt kymmie 03-16-2009 11:06 AM

Lupin does bring up a very valid point. If the salt/high temps were the cause of the browning I'd think the entire plant(s) would be turning brown rather than just the bottom portions. Trying to figure out the exact cause for the browning would require knowing the the lighting (type,watts), method of planting (Lupin's question), etc. If Lupin know it's a lighting issue I gladly concur as he has FAR more experience than I will ever have. :-)

ghosty 03-17-2009 10:30 AM

that could make sense with the lighting.....they are planted really close together.

aunt kymmie 03-17-2009 02:04 PM

Good point. Mine are also planted very closely together. I'm doing my water change tonight so I will root up the cabomba, trim off the ends that are brown and replant them with enough spacing so that they can receive full light the entire length of the plant. Sounds like we figured out the cause & solution! :-)

ghosty 03-19-2009 12:21 PM

im following suit i trimmed my brown leaves off and spred them out hopefully that will help...

flight50 03-25-2009 07:31 PM

lighting is usually the culprit on the sides of a tank seems to have less light penetration. especially if your landscape has shaded areas. but also consider the lack of nutrients. Aquarium Plants | My views, Steve Hampton, on how to succeed with aquarium plants. one of my favorite sites to reference. it may help you.

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