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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-31-2014, 08:51 AM
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The mesh shouldn't bother anything as long as you cleaned it (ran it under hot water a lot).

Does your tap water have any ammonia? When was the last time you did a water change? If it's really bad, then do a 50% water change every few days.

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-31-2014, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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I have not tested my tap water for ammonia, but I treat it with Stress Coat. I had an ammonia spike (the day after a 25% WC and I clean my substrate daily -- unbelievable) above 4.0 ppm. I did a 100% WC, ensured I had 0 ppm NH3/NH4+ and planted my Anacharis. When I get home today, I'll check the ammonia again.
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-31-2014, 04:38 PM
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Stress Coat does not remove ammonia, but Prime does. It sounds like your tank is trying to cycle, though I don't know if that explains such a huge spike. I believe excessive amounts of ammonia can kill plants. I don't think the temperature is the problem, since I've grown Anacharis at 80+ degrees with no problem. If it were just melting from being introduced to your tank, I think it would have done so immediately, not a few weeks later.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-01-2014, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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I agree with your assessment about the melting Anacharis. After the complete WC, I planted my Anacharis and have kept an eye on it. My highest ammonia spike since the WC has been 0.50 - 1.0ppm (which is still unusual compared to my 0.25ppm before, sigh) Unfortunately, it seems to be growing more pale and transparent.
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