Pick off dead plant spots?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by RACGuitar, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. RACGuitar

    RACGuitarNew MemberMember

    I'm relatively new to plants. My first two were Java Ferns and Anubias Hastifolia. When I first placed them in the tank they started to brown a little bit. I have read this is a normal thing to happen when the plant is adjusting.

    Right now it has been awhile and the browning hasn't gotten any worse and the java fern has started sprouting a new plant off of one of its leaves that seems healthy.

    So now all that's left to do is remove all the dead. How exactly do I do this? Would I cut off the whole leaf from the roots or just peel off the brown area. I realize this may be an extremely basic question but I just want to have healthy plants and don't want to ruin anything on assumption.

    Thanks in advance!

    Brown Tip Anubias Hastifolia.jpgBrown Java Fern.JPG
  2. alink

    alinkWell Known MemberMember

    Just curious, are these plants in your 75, 30, 5.5 or a different tank? What kind of lighting do you have on the tank? Are you dosing any ferts or root tabs? How many hours of light do they get?
  3. OP

    RACGuitarNew MemberMember

    It's in the 75g.

    The lighting is LEDs that say they are good for low to medium light.

    I regularly add Flourish, Flourish Excel, and Iron from Seachem. I also do fertilizer tablets. Also, they are not planted into substrate and are tied to the rocks with fishing string. They get 9 hours of light, secured at that time with a lighting timer.

  4. alink

    alinkWell Known MemberMember

    It appears to be a Potassium deficiency to me but I'm not an expert. I have read that you can remove the leafs with brown spots and if the new leaves get them then it may be a mineral deficiency. The brown spots are dead and wont grow back. If you dont want to lose the whole leaf, you can remove the brown spot if you are okay with the visually effect that will leave you.

    If you want to wait for a plant expert, Dolfan is great with this stuff. You can also check out the sticky posts in the Plants subforum.
  5. OP

    RACGuitarNew MemberMember

    All this browning happened within 24 hours of putting into the tank. It is growing a new plant like I said, so I might just let that grow a little and then just replace the whole pant with the new growth and see how that goes.

    Thanks for all the help,
  6. AquariumNooB

    AquariumNooBNew MemberMember

    Have you tested for phosphate?
  7. LadyRach

    LadyRachNew MemberMember

    This is just like the issue I had with my plants. I started dosing Potassium through the API Leaf Zone, 2x/week and used the fert tabs (for my swords). It made a huge difference. I did a 50% water change and trimmed some of the leaves, too. Some still are a bit brown, but I find once I trime those leaves off the new ones grow in fine. I don't use CO2, still working on figuring out if its worth it or not. See my photos before and after.



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  8. KarenLM

    KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    My java ferns have brown spots also, so I am going to get Leaf Zone. My liquid ferts don't have potassium.
  9. Perry15

    Perry15New MemberMember

    Hey RAC.

    I am not a plant expert either, but watched one of Jacob's Castro's videos of flourish potassium, and he said he noticed more plant growth, (as have I,) sometimes helping leaves that aren't well, and others that I can't remember.
  10. KarenLM

    KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    So, I went out and bought the Leaf Zone and dosed the tank. I'll let you all know how it goes.