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Chris7 04-03-2012 08:04 PM

Moneywort looks like it's dieing?
 
I bought a bunch of moneyworth's about 10 days ago, and it looks like the whole botton half of the plants are dieing? Losing leaves and turning brown in places? The top half is green and looks good though? I'am using Seachem's Flourish plant supplement for Fert. My lighting is 2, 15 watt mini compact screw in fluoescents(25 Gallon) Help please!:-?

Geomancer 04-04-2012 05:59 AM

That's pretty common with stem plants, particularly if they are bunched and/or you don't have bright lighting. Doubly so if the plant you got was grown emersed as it will shed the old leaves and grow new ones to replace them.

When they grow to the surface, you can cut them between nodes, remove the bottom portion, and replant the top portion. If you want to hide the bare stems, put a lower growing plant or hardscape in front of it.

Byron 04-04-2012 03:17 PM

I agree. It is not easy to get very good growth along the entire stems of stem plants except in high-tech tanks where light is high and nutrients are plentiful. I only maintain natural (low-tech) tanks, and Pennywort is about the best stem plant and now the only one I bother with.

Chris7 04-04-2012 04:46 PM

Would high watt lights help?

Byron 04-04-2012 06:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Chris7 (Post 1035584)
Would high watt lights help?

Possibly, but then you are opening other issues. It's all about balance.

Chris7 04-05-2012 10:05 PM

OK after taking a closer look at the plant I realized the stems are rotting about 1-2 " above the substrate....Why? The only thing I can think of is that when I bought the plants they where all banded together with and elastic band and thats the way I planted them was that wrong? Or could it be my lighting?

Byron 04-06-2012 09:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Chris7 (Post 1036917)
OK after taking a closer look at the plant I realized the stems are rotting about 1-2 " above the substrate....Why? The only thing I can think of is that when I bought the plants they where all banded together with and elastic band and thats the way I planted them was that wrong? Or could it be my lighting?

I would separate the stems, and remove the band, always. You can plant stem plants in bunches, but 3 stems or so to each bunch and just using your fingers to push them into the substrate so they are not tight together.


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