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Old 02-09-2020, 03:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My apologies if this is in the wrong section. This is my first post. I recently started about a week ago, a 150 gallon planted tank. All the plants seem to be doing well except this one same group of plants. I forgot the name of the plant that it is so I will try to attach a picture of what's going on and what it looks like. I have no fish in it yet, and have a already cycled fluval fx6 that has been cycling the tank, my nitrites are at 0, nitrates are below 20 and PH is 7.8 8.0. These plants recently started to falling over and have these stringy things hanging from them, I'm concerned they are dying and would like some advice or help on this! Water temp stays between 74-76. I have 2 fluval spectrum light 3.0 3 feet long. So I assume they are getting great light. They are in planted clay/gravel for nutrients along with another bed of gravel on top of that. Like I said every other plant seems to be doing find but these. As you can see in the picture they are falling over and have these white strings hanging from them. Ill also attach picture of my lighting. Any help would be amazing!
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Old 02-09-2020, 05:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe the plant is Cabomba and it actually looks quite healthy. The "falling over" may simply be the plants spreading out to take advantage of all that light. The plant also look like you have planted them in tight bunches of single stems. The stems need to be planted singly about and inch or two apart. If you spread them out they will grow more vertically and not lean away from each other.

The stringy stuff is probably the beginning of an algae outbreak--very common in new tanks with lots of light. Remove the strings with a net or tooth brush. If they get worse, try reducingr you light some.

Nice looking tank, good luck!
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Oh awesome! When I bought them from my normal fish store here, they came all bunched together in packs of 3 or 4 stems, I had no idea they had to be planted in single stems crap. Should I try to pull them and plant them by themselves, im.afraid of ruining them. I also have one more plant kinda brown if you cant look at it also! .. also to much light can be a bad thing??
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The more light you have, the faster the plants grow, providing they have all of the nutrients they need. If they don't have enough of all of the nutrients they don't just grow slower, they are also not growing as healthy plants, and that invites algae to grow on them.

The "stringy things" are aerial roots, which are normal for most stem plants.
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Do you suggest I grab those root tabs to bury next to the plants to get them better nutrients?
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Do you suggest I grab those root tabs to bury next to the plants to get them better nutrients?
The most common nutrient deficiency is carbon (carbon dioxide). If you use low intensity light the plants never grow fast enough to run short of carbon. With high light you need to add CO2 to the water to keep the usable carbon level high enough. Root tabs can be helpful, but stem plants pick up nutrients from the water very well, so just fertilizing the water is usually adequate. See https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/...ing-guide.html for an easy method for fertilizing the water. There are other methods, too.
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