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Old 07-16-2013, 04:13 PM   #1 
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Cleaning the planted aquarium

So I have a betta in a 3 gal filtered aquarium. I have a Java Fern and some Cyperus Helferi grass. Couple of questions:

1. my java fern has some brown spots on the leaves. I know it is slow growing and I have 1 new leaf coming up but I'm afraid that the old leaves are going to die before any new ones come up. Rhisom is not covered and I use the Flourish Complete twice a week.

2. When I do my 1/2 and 3/4 water changes and I use the siphon sometimes these plants become uprooted. Is this harmful? Should I not vacuum around them?

Thanks for your help. Live plants are new to me.
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Be careful vacuuming around them, they'll grow better if they're left alone to establish a root system below the substrate. It won't hurt them perse but it might help them grow better if they're left alone.

The spot on the java fern, how big is it? Is it on the upper side of the leaf? Both my java ferns have spots, I leave them alone until the whole leaf can be clipped off.

Good luck! live plants are addictive :P
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:02 PM   #3 
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... live plants are addictive :P
Truer words were never spoken.

Right now I have $20 of fish and snails and $60 of plants in a 10 gallon tank.
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:18 AM   #4 
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Truer words were never spoken.

Right now I have $20 of fish and snails and $60 of plants in a 10 gallon tank.
Hehehe. I am heading in that direction! I probably have $15 of fish and $30 of plants in mine. I'm just letting it happen.
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:08 AM   #5 
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Thanks

Thanks for the replies. The Java Fern has some brown spots on all the leaves. They were pretty much there when I bought it a couple of months ago.

I'm headed in the direction of more live plants as well. The betta loves hiding in the grass and the java fern came in handy to rest on while he was recoving from a torn fin. I really like the look of the grass, very relaxing watching it move with the little flow I have coming from the filter.
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Ok I think I have attached a pic of the java fern.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:51 PM   #7 
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My java fern has those spots also. Not quite as many and they have been there since I got them. I am wondering what they are also!
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My guess is just dead spots. Is the plant growing otherwise? Or are these leaves totally dead?
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My java fern has those spots also. Not quite as many and they have been there since I got them. I am wondering what they are also!

Most likely cause is low nitrate levels it takes up most nutrients through its leaves. Make sure there are sufficient nutrients in the water column, especially with higher light levels. Do not bury the roots anchor it with rocks or tie them to a peace of driftwood

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I believe that is just something all ferns do sometimes it is spores for the reproductive cycle, sometimes it is jsut an age thing, the leaf is dying, sometimes it is a nutrient thing
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