Jump to content
beanbag

I came back from vacation and now my Ludwigia Arucata is yellowing

Recommended Posts

beanbag

Hello folks,

This plant has lived in a jar with nothing added for at least 6+ months before I set up my current shrimp tank, and it was fine.

Then it grew for about 3 months since I set up this tank, and it was fine.  I didn't dose much fertilizer, except maybe 1/5 to 1/10th the recommended dose of ThriveS, an all-in-one fertilizer.  Thus nitrates always read at zero.  I assume there is a tiny bit of nitrate from the decaying shrimp poop.

So anyway, I leave for a 1 week vacation, and after I came back, I noticed that this plant is yellowing while the other plants are fine (moss, s. repens, MC, DHG).  I think the very tips / new growth is still green, but the older leaves are yellowing and falling off.  Most guides suggest a nitrogen deficiency, but there are many people who run planted shrimp tanks with no fertilizer at all and their plants are still fine.  Plus my other plants seems fine, so maybe this is due to something else?

The only things I can think of out of the ordinary is missing one week's worth of water change and very low fertilizer dosing.

Edited by beanbag
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
sdlTBfanUK

Does this help, is the lighting on a timer etc when you were away to match the normal lighting? It may be the lack of the usual fertilizer as well.

https://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/features/how-to-grow-ludwigia-arcuata/

From what I read this plant is one of those that new growth is at the top and the leaves at the base die off, so you would need to prune it to stop it getting long leafless stems?

I haven't any experience with this plant though!

Simon 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
beanbag

yes, the light is on a timer.  So that means the plants got less light while I was away since the other lights in the house were off.

Edited by beanbag
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
sdlTBfanUK

It may possibly be the combo of less fertiizer and light but I'm sure you will be ok, with it only being a week! Just percevere as normal and I expect it will soon recover!

If the yellowing leaves are nearest the base though it may be natural wastage and you may need to cut the very tops to stop it growing too quickly upwards and grow bushier? 

Simon

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...