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Old 09-26-2012, 10:01 PM   #1 
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Aquarium plant dying?

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I've had my tank for less than a week but in the last day I've begun to notice that the one plant in my tank has begun to turn brown and droop, especially its longest fronds. Does anyone have any idea what's causing this, and what I can do to stop it? I'm not feeding the plant anything because I was told I didn't need to, and the tank has a filter. I've used NutraFin Betta Plus once so far to clean the water when I first put my betta in. The only thing I can think of is that the plant might be too close to the tank light... however there's no real solution for that (that I can think of). Thoughts? It's not a big deal but I'd rather my betta have a real plant to play in than a plastic one.

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:19 PM   #2 
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some plants sold as "aquatic" are not and if you put them in water they will eventually rot.

Any idea what this plant is called? Where did you get it?
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:21 PM   #3 
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I have no idea what it's called. I figured it was aquatic since the aquarium store I got everything at had the plant in almost every one of their tanks, though.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:25 PM   #4 
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Maybe you can prune it?
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:12 PM   #5 
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looks like aponogoten

it will die off, when it does, take the bulb out and let it dry out in a cool place for five days then put it back in the bottom.

They stay dormant anywhere from a month to three months, they're "betta bulb" iic.


They don't re-consume dying leaves, just let em rot so yes, cut them off with a letter opener when they go bad.

You'll want to get wendtii or cryptocorine for betta tanks.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:41 AM   #6 
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Zoonoo, is that plant growing out of a bulb? If so it's an Aponogeton as Thunderloon says. As the fronds die off, clip them off close to the bulb. It'll go on like that indefinitely.

In the mean time you might want to look into getting Anubias, Java fern, Java moss, Wisteria, even a mossball as good low-light, easy-maintenance beginner plants.

Check out Mo's plant sticky ^up there, somewhere.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:01 PM   #7 
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It doesn't have a bulb, just a thick tangle of roots that came attached to a small rock.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:18 PM   #8 
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what kind of light do you have in the tank?
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