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Why do echinodoruses disappear in a home aquarium?

There are moments when you go to the market or to a pet shop, buy a beautiful echinodorus there, drag it to your aquarium for joy. They put, it seems, all the parameters of water, aquarium soil and lighting are in order, but he does not want to grow a brat.

Instead of active growth, the newly purchased Echinodorus begins to wither, becomes much shallower and bent completely. Well, familiar? Of course familiar 🙂

Just want to start with the fact that most of Echinodorus in nature grow both outside the aquatic environment and under water. In order to successfully grow echinodorus in the first case, you will need to use various nutrient soils filled with organic matter and mineral fertilizers. In the aquarium, this can not be done, and in the greenhouse can be.

In a greenhouse with carbon dioxide, no one fools anything for himself, because there is plenty of it in the air, the plants will grow more actively, the leaves will get a juicy tint – in general, the presentation will be unequivocal. What, in principle, a person needs, if he made the plants for sale.

He just had to sell, and there already do what you want.

As a rule, such seedlings of aquarium plants for sale and cook. This is the main reason why most of the purchased Echinodoruses die in aquariums. You plant them in the ground, right?

Right. And in the greenhouse they were grown in soil enriched with minerals and organic matter.

Here the seller will be in the hands of the death of plants in aquariums, it means that the fuckers will come again.

When transplanting plants, they are already experiencing some kind of stress, because you need to take root again in the next place, and so on. In addition, the plant still needs to quickly rebuild from air to water.

In this case, the tasks of the survival of the plant are much more complicated. In addition to the factors listed above, add the transfer of a plant from a mineral-rich soil to a lean substrate and completely different lighting.

In general, for the death of Echinodorus the first two points will be more than enough.

Anu-ka, a handsome greenhouse, was put in a puddle with less minerals and the wrong lighting. And to avoid such situations with you, dear readers, try to acquire aquarium plants only from those people with whom they are guaranteed to grow in aquariums.

Plants taken from other aquariums usually do not suffer so much, unlike greenhouses.

To my great regret, every year there are less and less aquarists who grow aquarium plants not in greenhouses clogged with organic matter and minerals, but in their banks. Greenhouse plants are entering the arena, which very tightly tolerate the change of environment. In this regard, I want to give you a couple of useful tips:

First board

Try to bring the merchant, as they say, to clean water and ask him where his goods come from. Here you came to the market for aquarium rows, according to a purely logical point of view.

There is a bearded guy with a couple of boxes with plants – most likely this is your client. This bearded man himself grew plants in his home, +100500.

But a nice little girl with a unreal number of trays with aquarium plants was attached – this is a hundred pounds just an implementer. Better pass by such a seller.

Pay attention to the product: if you see echinodoruses, cabombs and aponogetones in the basins with plants, then such a tray is more credible than the whole plantation of growing leaves. For reference: ekhinodorusy grown in aquariums smaller than their terrestrial counterparts.

Second tip

If you have already taken some kind of greenhouse version of Echinodorus, do not rush to poke it into the jar with the rest of the plants. Plant it first in the paludarium so that it is half submerged in water.

As soon as the first leaves are purchased from the purchased plant (new leaves should be larger than the previous ones), only after that it can be gradually immersed in water. This period is not fast, in some cases it may take up to two months.

Council three

For a newly purchased Echinodorus, arrange a little coolness and create an intimate light for a week 🙂 As soon as the plant takes root and launches the first sheet, gradually add light and heat. As a rule, echinodorus grown in greenhouse conditions wither in aquariums for several months.

They can even start roots, but to cure them is extremely problematic.

Remember, if echinodorus grow well and not sick, then you will notice that the leaves of the plant are covered with a thin layer of small bubbles. Most of these bubbles will be concentrated in areas with stronger illumination.

In addition to various problems with greenhouse specimens of Echinodorus, there are also other troubles arising due to improper care of aquarium plants. And the thing is this: ekhinodorusy love aquariums with clean and not stagnant water, unlike cryptocoryne.

Every week the aquarium soil needs to siphon.

How to determine if the conditions of Echinodorus are not suitable? It’s very simple: an absolutely healthy echinodorus suddenly stops growing and gradually becomes shallow, throwing out needle-like leaves. If Ekhinodorus appeared such sheets – to be in trouble.

It means that the plant doesn’t like something very much and needs to do something as soon as possible, or otherwise you will be left without an echinodorus. Alleged reason – rotten roots and unsatisfactory condition of the soil.

Dig a bush Echinodorus and look carefully at the root system. The roots of a healthy plant will be white, and rotted dark or translucent. Remove them completely, and try to transplant the bush itself to a new location in the area of ​​well-washed soil.

If suddenly the rot touched the rhizome of the plant, cut it off, and treat the healthy areas with birch charcoal of a small fraction. The rest of the problems with ekhinodorusahy can arise only in the event that adverse conditions of detention.

Aquariums with regular water changes, the minimum replacement ¼ of the total volume every week. Bright lighting (for fluorescent lamps 0.5 watts per liter of water).

A sufficient amount of carbon dioxide in the water. Aquarium soil – coarse sand or fine gravel.

Root top dressing (clay balls will be quite enough). Young snails ampulyary and catfish antsistrusov (these guys will be extremely useful in aquariums with echinodorus, as they actively clean the leaves).

From aquariums with sour and old aquarium water, in which an excess of organic matter. Insufficient illumination of the aquarium, Low carbon dioxide and very small and silted aquarium soil.

It seems to be all, I think I did not forget anything.

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