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crypt roots and bad water
>>> I have a 20 gallon high that I refer to as my Crypt tank. It's
wendtii, willisii, and petchii(?), but there may be another specie or two
in there. Anyway, almost every one of the plants / groups has some roots
coming up from the substrate now. At first I suspected compaction of the
substrate (Flourite / soil underlayer), but I poked around with a chopstick
and the substrate seems to be loose. The plants look good overall and are
growing well enough, but I do see some melting of leaves on occasion which
I suspect is related to the root thing since tank conditions stay
relatively constant and have for some time. Any ideas on what's going on?...
I too have this occurring in my tanks. So far I just gently pinch off the
roots if they get too bushy and it seems not to harm the crypts which are
thriving. I am also curious as to what is going on. I do get old leaves but
so far no melting, thanks be...
Also, in regard to extra chlorine/amine in the water supply...What about
just aging your water overnight with some carbon in a box filter or
(this is what I do, so far successfully) go with the slo fill ie a gallon at
a time over the course of several hours/whole day. Admittedly I have a 20 gal
and some free time so it's kinda a luxury right now. But the aging the water
should drive off any harmful gases and oxidize anything that needs oxidizing.
And of course the carbon sucks a lot of stuff out too. I know, very
scientific, but tried and true for finicky fish and delicate plants and no RO
Renee Minjarez in Dallas