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Hello,  

I just planted my first aquarium last Thursday. I bought a water sprite, micro sword, monte carlo, and scarlet temple from the Co-op. I know the majority of them will melt away and come back, however, I can't really find much in terms of a rough timeframe that it usually takes for the plants to melt away. In super general terms how long should it take for my plants to melt away?   

Also does it mean anything special that the scarlet temple is throwing out roots from nodes above the substrate? 

Thank you, Brad

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Sadly I am seeing melting. (tank parameters are PH=7.5, temp=75, nitrates=30ppm, ammonia=0, nitrate=0)  
My micro swords are becoming transparent and rotting. 
My water sprite is browning at its tips and has a brown stem in the middle of it (it is planted).
My monte carlo has little black spots it looks like but is otherwise fine.
The scarlett temple is losing most of its lower leaves (to be expected) and then some of the stems have melted.  

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The parts of the plants that are melting will simply continue to melt until they’re gone. Depending on whether you have a lot of scavengers in your tank, you may see the melting leaves for a long time.

The thing to look for is new growth. Hopefully each plant will have parts of it that are new, green, and healthy. (Well, green unless it‘s not supposed to be green. 😉) If you’re not seeing any new, healthy growth in the next week, that’s when you might start worrying. The swords should be putting out new leaves from the center, for example. It may not put out many or grow quickly, but as long as it has *some* healthy green leaves, you’re good.

As for the water sprite, it’s notoriously finicky. Some people can grow it in some of their tanks like crazy and in other tanks can’t get it to survive. So don’t feel bad if that one doesn’t make it. It’s a mysterious one.

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15 minutes ago, Hobbit said:

As for the water sprite, it’s notoriously finicky. Some people can grow it in some of their tanks like crazy and in other tanks can’t get it to survive. So don’t feel bad if that one doesn’t make it. It’s a mysterious one.

You think its the same for water wisteria? Just grows as slow as my Java fern or java moss.

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On 4/14/2021 at 5:13 PM, Demobanana said:

You think its the same for water wisteria? Just grows as slow as my Java fern or java moss.

I think it is.   Planted in gravel with eight hours of medium light and regular dosing of EG, the Wisteria seemed to thrive for about a month before it began dying, The Water Sprite never did grow.

Five months ago, in a different tank, I planted a rotting stub from the original Wisteria in 1"of sand with 16 hours of low light.  The water comes from the planted tank.  The Wisteria is a very healthy looking 3" tall, preferring to grow wide instead of tall.

 

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On 4/14/2021 at 6:02 PM, Hobbit said:

I’m not sure! I’ve never grown wisteria.

Really? Wow I thought it was as popular as val.

 

3 hours ago, Tanked said:

I think it is.   Planted in gravel with eight hours of medium light and regular dosing of EG, the Wisteria seemed to thrive for about a month before it began dying, The Water Sprite never did grow.

Five months ago, in a different tank, I planted a rotting stub from the original Wisteria in 1"of sand with 16 hours of low light.  The water comes from the planted tank.  The Wisteria is a very healthy looking 3" tall, preferring to grow wide instead of tall.

Huh, that is strange. Maybe I just need to try it out again, in a different tank.

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