Stems Rotting Dead Center
I'm not sure how/why this is happening, but I know someone here will. I'd think I was doing everything right as I think I'm actually overdoing it. For some reason I'm having an on-going drama with my stems. I'm experiencing continued death two days after a huge water change and a heavy pruning of everything that was dying. Some stems don't even have leaves left, but I kept them because they have good looking offshoots that will probably be ready to trim come next Saturday. The glosso on the left isn't doing too much, but it's a fairly new addition so it probably needs time to root. There is some vertical growth.
20 Gallon Tall. No Visible Algae.
2x24 T-5HO suspended 10 inches above tank and 24 total inches from substrate.
Onyx Sand/Worm Castings capped by Onyx Sand.
7-10 L. arcuata
6 M. aquaticum
Newly Planted Glosso
2 H. Kompakt
2 C. Wendtii
1 H. Polysperma
1 Lonely Otto
2 Japonicas and 2 Pinnochio Shrimp deceased within the same 24 hour period, within 1 inch of each other.
On one hour before lights with DC a very dark yellow when lights on. Seeing as all of my shrimp died I figured I'd go for broke. Diffused through needle wheel modified mini-jet 404.
Ferts: Liquid Dosing
12 mL Macro on Sun, Tues, Thurs (58.7g KNO3, 5.2g KH2PO4, 26.4g K2SO4 and 25 mL Excel in 900 mL solution)
12 mL Micro on Mon, Wed, Fri (82.1g MgSO4.7H2O, 13.8 CSM+B and 25 mL Excel in 900 mL solution)
Eheim Liberty 150. Yes Tug, I know it's underpowered . I have no livestock left other than 1 otto, so I didn't want to ditch the filter when all it does is mechanical.
Liberty is turned full blast, mini-jet 404 that diffuses CO2 from left to right and 2 Maxi-Jet 404's (106 gph each) located on back glass and pointed diagonally towards the opposite corners of the tank on a wave timer. The 404's are located high enough on the glass to cause a bit of a ripple on the water's surface. I know the flow moves around well, as I have to replant stems 5-6 times a day and when I disturb the sand the powder goes flying around.
Unknown: GH/KH and no local tap water report.
Showing flow setup.
Leaves (or whatever they're called, fronds perhaps?) dying.
This one (short one on the right side of the picture) is rotting right in the center of the stem. It's now hunched over and probably going to break apart.
Just a cluster of death. Everything that looks yellow and brown is yellow and brown.
Last edited by csmith; 06-01-2010 at 05:16 AM.
1. Watt [ wot ]: noun -- the SI unit of power, equivalent to one joule per second and equal to the power in a circuit in which a current of one ampere flows across a potential difference of one volt.
2. Per [ pur; unstressed per ]: preposition -- for each; for every.
3. Gallon [ gal-uhn ]: noun -- a common unit of capacity in English-speaking countries, equal to four quarts.
What does this have to do with growing plants?