I got a shipment of plants in about a week ago and I think they might have frozen. I had to throw a lot out but I kept what looked like the best quality, but they're still going.. the broad leaf elodea is turning brown, but the thin leaf elodea is the biggest problem. It is shedding like there is no tomorrow. The leaves are dropping off like pine needles in a forest and they're all over my tank. Should I just take everything out and buy some more? I keep trying to suck all the little leaves off the bottom but it is really a challenge.. I have photos to share if they're helpful. How big of a deal is it if I don't get all the leaves out?
My tank is cycled but I haven't added my betta yet. I'm keeping the tank cycled by feeding 3-5 drops of ammonia every 24 hours. 100% of this is processed in under 24 hrs, and the plants are eating the nitrates so it's ready to go once I get this shedding issue resolved.
My PH is 7.4. My temp is 78-79. It's a 10g and I have a light hood with 1 18w 6500k bulb and one 18w 10000k bulb (AquaticLife)