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  1. I don’t think I get how to trim aquarium plants. I realize that’s a super beginner question, but I have this Java Fern whose time has come. It still has some healthy leaves so I just trimmed the dead ones. I got close to the bottom of the stems of the leaves, but it looks like I gave my plant a bad haircut! Some stem is still visible! Is that okay? Am I doing this right?
  2. Got a random plant when I got java moss from a trade just curious what plant this is
  3. Ok, so this is my current tank. It's a 10 gallon Aqueon LED and is doing a whole lot better than when I started. My water params are all fine, with the exception of my pH which feels a tad low (6.4) and sometimes fluctuates a bit. Inhabitants are 3 female guppies (pink tuxedos) and 1 blue male guppy (he's skinny, I'm fattening him up and it also may be a female) and 5 neon tetras. For the Amazon Swords I added fertilizer tabs and I dose with a liquid carbon fertilizer every other day. Lights are on for 12 hours, 7:30 am to 7:30 pm. I have tried keeping the bubbler on and off, alternating days as I think it might be a bit strong, maybe forcing the CO2 out of the water? Anyway, these swords have been in the tank for over a month now, were in the tank during the initial cycling (fishless) and ... I'd like them to look healthier to thrive a bit more but I'm not sure how. I'm also concerned about these weird root structures on the leaves. I assume this is how the plant can propagate -- leaf falls over to the bottom and sends out runners in the substrate, from which new plants form? Ok, so please have a gander: So you can see on the top middle section these roots growing out of the top of the leaf. You will also notice on the leaf at the right a very clean cut -- I over-reacted, thinking this was some kind of exotic algae and snipped off the tip of that leaf. 😞 You can also see at the base of the leaf on the left a huge tangle of more roots. So ... assuming I'm correct and this is an attempt at propagation... what do I do? Should I try to remove these little bundles and try to plant them elsewhere? Should I bend the leaf over and tuck that end into the substrate? Or do nothing and just leave it alone? This is about 4 days after I reworked the layout of the plants in the aquarium. I was away for a week and so figured I'd do a major water change (40%) and used that as an opportunity to put in the root tabs and space the plants out a bit better. When I removed the plants I looked them all over, the roots clusters seemed larger than I remember, so I think they are healthy, but feel free to tell me otherwise. Also ... I see these small orange nodules on another leaf: Right in the middle, you will see these tiny orange nodules... are those root systems waiting to grow as well? Does this signal something about my plants that is unhealthy? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I love my plants, I want them to grow more.
  4. When preparing to raise baby fish, it’s helpful to have a “Java box” ready. I use a small shoe-box-sized Sterilite container, housed underneath my tank stand on a shelf, with muted light overhead. I have a small sponge filter running, and Java moss + Java fern just going in there. I add a few ml. of Flourish at each top-off with tank water siphoned from above. It’s ready to go as a hatching place for eggs, or grow-out for fry.
  5. I'm my water I've been able to keep java fern alive but never thrive or really get any bigger for that matter. I saw someone saying that adding potassium can really help it along. I have some k2so4 dry fert from when I used to do EI dosing and was just wondering a starting point of how much to use with just easy green. 75 gallon with anubias, crypts and a ton of moss with the java fern
  6. I have a Java Fern that I added to my tank a couple weeks ago. It's attached to a piece of driftwood. I initially attached it with a couple of rubber bands. There is a gap in the driftwood that I put the roots into. First question is how long does take for it to attach? I had it out today during a water change to see it better, and the roots have definitely gotten longer and seem to be growing towards the drift wood , but it doesn't seem attached yet. I removed one of the rubber bands, but I don't want to remove everything too soon, and the java fern ends up floating. The other question is about the brown spots on it. When I initially added it to the tank there were a few of the leaves that got really browned out and I removed those particular leaves. I have been adding Seachum Flourish to the tank once weekly. I have read that some spotting is normal. This is my first plant, so not sure what is bad or good. 🙂 Don't want to go snipping things that are ok. Here a photo of the plant: Can see the one leave with browning on the tip and the other to the left of it with more. https://photos.app.goo.gl/qc22pQ46waECg7TQ6
  7. I have some java fern in a tank that i have had for 3 months now (my first planted tank) but it doesnt seem healthy/happy its growing i guess they might be little shoots at the tips of the leaves and the leaves are getting a lot of polka dots thou lght initially that it might be it adjusting to my tank parameters but it hasnt improved in the last month there is one or two leaves that have completely died at this point but idk what nutrient they are lacking what is causing the black spots? I dont want to just dump fertilizer in there and get algea if its not necessary...
  8. The 3 large plants came from co-op while the other two came from petco. You can obviously see the difference! I will never buy plants from anywhere else again.
  9. Hi guys, i have attached my water parameters to get a closer look at calcium etc etc. Living in the UK means i cannot get hold of easy green. I have been dosing TNC Lite and Flourish (Flourish for the Calcium, Magnesium and Iron) The only plants i stock are Java ferns and a few different anubias (oh and a tiger lotus which seems to be the only plants surviving) . Please bare in mind that the camera is making the plants look much healthier than what they look like in person. I do not use co2, my lights (LED) 8are on for 8 hours per day. Any help is greatly appreciated as i am slowly loosing interest in plants as a result of my many failed attempts.
  10. Just wondering if anyone can tell me what the issue is with this plant. It was doing good for a while and now it seems to be dying.
  11. New to the hobby and trying to figure out what is wrong with my el niño fern. Some of the older leaves are very pale (new growth is all really green) and I’m noticing some dark spots/holes on the older leaves as well. Any suggestions are appreciated!
  12. Why do I murder floating plants???? I’ve been trying to have some floating plants for the guppies to have fry in. I’ve killed them all! I’ve tried water sprite 3 different times. Hornswort , guppy grass. All my non-floating plants seem to be doing ok. What am I doing wrong??
  13. I am getting this wear brown mossy stuff growing on a certain type of plant on my tank any one?
  14. First off, greetings! I just became a member of this great forum after discovering Aquarium Co-Op and starting my planted tank. What an amazing resource. I am new at the planted tank gig and have what is probably a basic (i.e. stupid) question. I have a 29 gallon tall and added several differant types of plants as per the Co-Op's recommendation. Other than one plant which had Anubis rot and replaced by the Co-Op (amazing service!), things are going well, I think. However, I noticed that my Java Ferns new growth is odd. The baby leaves seem translucent in spots. Not sure this is normal, of some deficiency? I have been dosing the recommend amount of fertilizer every week (the Co-Op brand). Could it be the water itself? I have about 20PPM or so of Nitrates, zero Ammonia and Nitrites, PH 7.4, KH 40PPM and GH at 75PPM or so? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! PS: If there is something really off on the water, feel free to comment as well:)
  15. For a while my Java ferns were thriving, but during my battle with staghorn and BBA, trying to balance my tank and spot treating the algae, they have been struggling. These are in my 55 gal community tank, fluval 3.0 light (including my light settings), dosing tank with Easy Green 2x a week, do 25% water changes every 2 weeks. I have hard water (located in central Texas) with a ph of 7.4. Any tips or suggestions?
  16. This is happening in two different tanks my Java Fern is turning brown and looks like it's dying but had lots of plantlets
  17. bought All Plants i bought from aquarium coop. This a newly established aquarium 29 gallon. its 21" tall ,24 wide ,12"deep Water parameters. Temperature :around 76F HRPH: 8.2 ammonia: 0-.25 nitrite: 0 nitrates: 40-80 GH: 0 KH: its high.. i don't know I use stress coat to condition tap water for changes, and let the water sit in a bucket for a few days. (Sorry about the cloudy water in photo.Doing a water change today. Just recently added 5 cory cats and had a bacterial bloom then my son accidentally turned off my sponge filter for a few hours i didn't know. 😮 So the plants Looked good on arrival, They got caught in that recent snowstorm somewhere during transit, but still arrived looking nice. (Props to aquarium coop for awesome shipping.) I Use the easy green and iron. Java Fern: I glued them to rocks and plants weights ,started having black spots in a few days now almost completely blackish brown now. Amazon sword: Planted in substrate with root tabs. leaves turned yellow in a few days, now almost see-through and brownish yellow. but the shoot still green. Micro grass: planted in substrate just melted and disappeared gone. Water sprite : planted but just melted and disappeared vanished. banana plant and moss ball are ok it seems. Running a brand new finnex 24" low light led. on a timer (i know micro grass is high light but thought it might ok.) Lots of money Not much success.And frustrating Would it better to condition my water for plants or just find plants that can handle my water conditions? (high ph and such) If so what plants would that be? ..I have a water softener system for my house that i use the tap water for tanks. And a separate r.o. system for drinking water. my ph runs high. Talk to me.
  18. So i have some pretty mature java fern. About a month ago they started to develop plantlets. I left the plantlets attached to the main plant because all my mature java fern is glued to some slate decorations for easy maneuvering when i do my deeper gravel vac maintenance. Now one of my plants has some old leaves dying off with healthy plantlets still attached. Should i try to pluck the plantlets off and propogate them? Will the wilting leaf affect the plantlets on top? And lastly if i do attempt to propogate them, how can i go about attaching the little offshoots now that my slate stones are submerged? I know super glue is out, but im not sure how to go about stringing up such tiny plantlets with fishing line where they will hold to my stones. Here is a pic of the wilting leaves. You can see some dying BBA that tried attacking the plantlets. It seems to only be targeting the plantlets on this java fern, and not the others (for now anyway).
  19. I have a question i had a windelov java fern for over a year and it has grown wonderful but i went from a 30 gallon to a 65 gallon tank and it was cycled for about 3 weeks i moved my plants and now it died and i removed it from the 65 gallon tank i was wondering is there anything else to do before i get another one?
  20. 2 questions- is this Java moss growing on my have fern? Or something else? what is going on with my Lilly bulb??
  21. My two java ferns arrived alive and well and turning brown in first week. I added 2 pumps of easy green (20 gal. tank) This tank has been established for years with fish. I recently started adding plants 6 months ago. I used fishing line to tie root to drift wood. Should I pull them out and trim root to help it receive the nutrients? My parameters are: GH:75, Nitrite:0, Nitrate:25, chlorine:0, KH:40, PH:7, amonia:0, Temp is 80~82°F I use API for PH & amonia test kit & aquacare test strips.
  22. Hi I have some Java fern in my 125 Gallon Aquarium for 2 weeks now, as I am a long time fish keeper, but new to live plants. The risome is not in the gravel and my lighting is a Fluval 3.0 set on auto My Settings: Daylight : RED 18%, Blue 7%, Cold white, Pure White and warm whie is set at 19% Night is RED 18% Blue is 3% whits are all at 0% SUNRISE lighting is 0700-0830 Sunset is 1700-1930 light sout sleep at 22:30 Are my plants getting toomuch light? Any ideas? A quick view of my tank.. Thanks https://youtu.be/zykTYMCpcDU
  23. Our nitrates in both 20 gallon and 55 are 40-80 ppm nitrates. We have lots of algae in both tanks and our plants look bad, I can try to take some photos after I get home from work. I really want to save what plants I can.
  24. So I read that if you see black spots on your java fern leaf you can cut it off and lay it face up and you'll get plantlets faster that way. Mine don't have black spots yet but I have some ugly leaves that I was going to prune anyway. If I cut them off can I do the same thing? or will they just die and rot?
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