Ludwigia repens dropping leaves

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by Kasye, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. Kasye

    Kasye Valued Member Member

    My ludwigia repens plants appear to be dropping their leaves (one of them barely has any left). I only got the plants about a week ago, so would this be normal behavior for new plants, like how crypts will melt then come back?
    The stems and roots still look healthy.
  2. Beeker

    Beeker Well Known Member Member

    How big is the tank, what kind of lighting do you have and what is the temperature?
    Also, what fish do you have in the tank and do you use any ferts?
  3. BamBamSorg

    BamBamSorg Well Known Member Member

    They have to be acclimated to the water so they almost die off but give them a month or more and they will start growing back like normal. Give them time :)
  4. jetajockey

    jetajockey Fishlore VIP Member

    There's a few factors in play, but generally speaking if they are dropping leaves this quickly, they are not doing well. They could have already been in bad shape when they were first planted, and/or the aquarium setup is not adequate for them (i.e. inadequate lighting, etc).
  5. v

    velveteentuzhi New Member Member

    My Ludwigias did that too. It could just be melt/bad condition from shipping. Make sure they have the lighting and nutrients they need, and observe them for a bit.

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  6. OP

    Kasye Valued Member Member

    Well, they all seem to be growing fresh leaves (and pretty quickly too, imo), so I think they're just acclimating! I'll keep watching them of course though.

    The tank is 3 gallons and I dose Seachem Flourish, Potassium, and Iron, as well as Osmocote Plus root tabs. The inhabitants are just cherry shrimp and trumpet snails. The light came with the tank (it's the Tetra 3g cube), and I can't find any specifications for it online, but it's LED and I'm assuming it's nothing special. I'm kind of experimenting with what plants I can pull off with it. It's also facing my window, and I open the curtains during the day to give my plants natural light (I have a lot of houseplants in my room as well).
  7. Silister Trench

    Silister Trench Well Known Member Member

    They should start growing fast now.

    You're going to have a fun time keeping Ludwigia Repens in check if your tank is only a 3 gallon, depending on how much light they're getting. In a higher light tank that I have they need to be cut down at least once a month.
  8. OP

    Kasye Valued Member Member

    Yeah, I've read they can get pretty tall! I'm gonna put the trimmings in my other planted tanks (5.5g and 10g).

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