Amazon Sword Melt

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by Aquarium Josh, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. Aquarium Josh

    Aquarium JoshValued MemberMember

    I just started a 20 gal. tank a week ago with Amazon sword, dwarf hairgrass, and s.repens. I started adding api co2 booster half way through the first week. After the first day I seen plant growth on the Amazon sword new leafs were popping up by the third day the new leafs were melting. What could it be?
     
  2. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Swords are heavy root feeders so they would benefit from root tabs.
     
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    Aquarium Josh

    Aquarium JoshValued MemberMember

    I put root tabs in the first day directly in front of them

    I only have 15w t8 floral max light could that be the problem.
     
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  4. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    What kind of lighting do you have?

    Edit: Just read your last post. Is this a 20 tall? Might not be strong enough but I'm not sure.
     
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    Aquarium Josh

    Aquarium JoshValued MemberMember

    It is a 20 tall I just did the math with the substrate it's only like a 14 gal
     
  6. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    I'd give it some time honestly. It's not uncommon to have some melt as plants get adjusted to your tank.
     
  7. MTSRandy

    MTSRandyValued MemberMember

    Some swords will melt until the establish their root system in your tank. Once established it grows new leaves pretty quick. I have a sword. Leaves were about 8 to 10 inches tall. Started to see some melt. Then my two year old took it upon herself to try and replant my whole tank. Snapped and bent most of the leaves. I waited to see how many leaves were doomed. Snipped off all but two. Now I have four new leaves coming up the center only 7 days later. By the way she is grounded til she's 30!
     
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    Aquarium Josh

    Aquarium JoshValued MemberMember

    Ok I'm pretty sure the tank hasn't even cycled through yet
     
  9. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Cycling shouldn't affect them.
     
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    Aquarium Josh

    Aquarium JoshValued MemberMember

    Ok should I cut off the bad leaves
     
  11. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Yes, cut off the dying parts so nutrients aren't wasted going to those leaves.
     
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    Aquarium Josh

    Aquarium JoshValued MemberMember

    And if the light isn't getting down far enough do you think it would be a good idea to rotate the light around the tank so it is like right in front of the plants that are struggling
     
  13. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Do you know the par of that light for your tank size? I'm not sure if rotating the light would help.
     
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    Aquarium Josh

    Aquarium JoshValued MemberMember

    I don't know what you mean

    I moved my light and the brown leaves started to turn green
     
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  15. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    PAR value of the light. I'm not able to link you to a good article since I'm on my phone but will try when I get home.

    That's good if the leaves are improving.
     
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    Aquarium Josh

    Aquarium JoshValued MemberMember

    I'm going to try and pick up another light today. I don't think the light is strong enough for them.
     
  17. Ronoc94

    Ronoc94Valued MemberMember

    what light did you end up getting?
    sorry i just started a 20gallon tall tank and it seems im having the same issue
     
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