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I took up aquascaping about 6 months ago. While it looked fine, I decided to fully rescape a few weeks ago and I love it! My little female betta, Mako, lives in here with an assortment of other community fish. I do struggle with a bit of cryptocoryne melt and my ludwigia and scarlet temple literally hated me and died, but everything else seems to be doing pretty well. I wish I knew how to not have my java fern turn brown, though.
 

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Are you using any ferts?

Knock wood, but I've never had Crypts melt; but I've read they will come back.

Almost forgot! Great looking tank and 'scaping. You should be proud of your efforts.
 

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Great looking tank, As Russell has said your crypts will come back (the melt usually happens when they are disturbed and replanted. ) But they do come back. As for your java fern turning brown This happens for a few different reasons. 1; The water parameters are not pristine even though the water tests OK. The PH may be too high or too low the water hardness has a lot to do with raising ferns. 2: Your use of fertilizer and supplements needs to be checked, If you are using flourish and depending on the tank size (1/2 teaspoon per 5 gallons per week is recommended but I usually feed the plants in my tanks once every 2 weeks) and I use plant tabs because of my using sand as a substrate. 3: Lighting that is required for your plants is low light (like the lighting that comes with LED tank setups. ) Your lighting should only be turned on 6-8 hours a day . That is what is required for any plant for the length needed to grow. You don't have any plants in your tank that require any more than low light. Try these changes and see if they don't work better for you.
 
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