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  1. I don’t have much to add as far as possible reasons for the melting, just that my C. wendtii that I bought 2 months ago from Aquarium Co-op and had been growing great (and never melted after I planted it) decided to melt on me 2 days after a water change. I had also added the tank’s first dose of Easy Green and that might have done it. I’m bummed it’s melted but at least it looked good when the family was here for Thanksgiving. 🙂
  2. Sorry for the delay, work has been busy. Here are a couple of pictures. Everything's been getting brown to some degree, but I've been most concerned about the Anubias because I've not done anything to them since I got the tank. The crypts melted back right after I got the tank and put on new growth afterward. I moved some of the crypts a few weeks ago (and a pleco dug one up) so I can't be 100% certain if my moving them caused their leaf browning or if it was something else. But the Anubias have been in the same spot the whole time. One other thing to note: the Anubias had the blackbeard algae when I got the tank. It has not spread to any other leaves or plants since I got the tank and I don't have any other algae problems.
  3. Thanks for your reply. The Anubius runners are not under gravel, and some of them (I'm guessing it's A. nana petite) are on one of the pieces of driftwood. It's really densely growing on the driftwood, I've never been able to actually see the runners, so I suppose it's possible the runners aren't being exposed to light. However, it was that way when I got it and only now am I seeing any leaf browning. I have been suspecting high nitrate levels as the possible cause of the leaf browning based on some google research I've done, and based on the high nitrate levels I've had. However, I have also thought that maybe the frequent water changes could be part of the culprit. My rationale for the frequent water changes has been to reduce nitrates and increase the pH. I'd bought 2 Pogostemon stellatis octopus plants about a month ago and put 1 in my 55 gallon and 1 in my 20 gallon tank. The plant in the 20 gallon tank (with a pH of 7.5 even with driftwood and nitrates never over 40 ppm) has been growing great--the 1 in my 55 gallon (with pH as low as 6.4 and nitrates as high as 80 ppm) has new green shoots but the lower leaves have been melting. So, I thought maybe the lower pH might be causing the new plant not to thrive. Maybe I'll hold off on further water changes for a bit and add some of the Flourish or Easy Green and see if that helps.
  4. Hi everyone, I bought a used 55 gallon freshwater tank a couple of months ago. It came with 2 medium to large angelfish as well as a community of tetras, albino corys, and 2 bristlenose plecos. It also came with a lot of Anubias species, crypts, an Aponogeton, and some driftwood. I'm new-ish to aquariums (had one in high school) and new to aquarium plants. Aside from some MAJOR crypt melt that I had after I got the tank (they were out of the water for a few hours and really wilted), I haven't had many problems with the plants. They've been putting out new leaves regularly. I have been using Aquarium Co-op root tabs. I think the crypt melt caused a spike in ammonia and later on, nitrates--my nitrates were around 80 ppm a couple weeks ago, and my pH has been as low as 6.4 (my tap water, and another aquarium, are around pH 7.5). The crypts and Anubias had been doing fine but I have been having issues with getting newly planted Val and Pogostemon (from Aquarium Co-op) to grow or not lose leaves. I thought maybe the low pH and high nitrates might be affecting the new plants, so I'd been doing 30% water changes every 2-3 days to bring down the nitrate levels and raise the pH. However, after a few days away last week I came home to see that many of the leaves on the crypts and Anubias were starting to turn brown/black, starting from the tips and edges. The crypts were just given root tabs so they *should* be good. I occasionally dose with a bottle of SeaChem Flourish that I got from the previous owner. I had bought some Easy Green but haven't used it yet because of the high nitrates in the tank. My light is a generic looking Aqueon light that came from the previous owner; it's been used to grow these plants for a long time. Could the high nitrate level caused the browning of the leaves? My nitrate levels have been 20-40 ppm for the past week now. I'm not sure if the browning leaves are the delayed result of the 80 ppm levels from 2 weeks ago, or if something else might be causing it. I'm a little concerned because the Anubias in particular have never showed problems until now. I don't want to have my plants die on me. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  5. Hi everyone, Just thought I'd say hello and introduce myself. I went on a little bit of an aquarium binge a couple of months ago after my wife brought home 3 goldfish for our sons. I had a 10 gallon tank when I was in high school, so I have some experience with freshwater aquariums. But I had always wanted a bigger tank, with a 55 gallon planted angelfish tank being kind of a bucket list item for me. Long story short--I now have a 20 gallon (high) tank and was able to find a used 55 gallon set-up with plants and angelfish for cheap. I'm having a lot of fun learning about aquarium plants, learning about new fish, and having a slice of nature in my house. Have a great day everyone!
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