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Trimming Stems

Tom

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When I trim the stems in my 25l tank, they always seem to melt and die off :oops: It takes a couple of weeks for new growth, and even when it grows back I'm left with nasty lower parts of the stems. I would just replant the tops but I'm trying to get it to bush out more. What am I doing wrong?

Also, don't know if it's related, but my Java Fern grows new leaves to about 1", then the tips melt off :(

I'm doing everything similar to the last tank which I never had any problems with :?

Help!!

Tom
 

Ray

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Tom said:
Also, don't know if it's related, but my Java Fern grows new leaves to about 1", then the tips melt off :(
You got photo's Tom? The tips of my Java Fern always look translucent when they are growing, had me convinced it was a deficiency, but I know you are too much of an old hand to fall for that one...
 

ceg4048

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Hi,
I won't even go near the Brighty issue, but what stems are we talking about? P. stelleta and a couple of others are notoriously uncooperative when trying to propogate. There is a 99.54% probability that you need to add more CO2/flow. The ferns are a similar issue. If you have just enough CO2 the tips just stay translucent as Ray said but they tend to disintegrate with sub-par carbon availability.:wideyed:

Cheers,
 

Tom

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Thanks for the replys :)

I won't even go near the Brighty issue
As in the "I got ripped off" issue? If its that one then I should say I didn't buy it!! :p I have a friend with too much money :lol: I have some powdered K carbonate (I think :? ) mixed and ready to go as well.

Looks like I ought to set up my drop checker then :rolleyes: I was saving it for the new tank. I'll see what I can do about flow tomorrow as well.

The affected stems are M. umbrosum, Bacopa something :rolleyes: and R. indica.

Cheers,

Tom
 

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