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Lady Hobbs
08-23-2009, 08:12 PM
My Ludwigia was huge and growing out the top of the tank two months ago. Suddenly they all rotted off at the substrate. I pulled them all out today, cut the bad stems off and have them banded to see if I can get roots again.
I did not fertilize for 2 months but can't think of another reason for them to rot. Ideas?

Wild Turkey
08-23-2009, 08:22 PM
what kind of substrate?

Sounds like you already know the most likely cause, but is anything else in the tank having problems?

08-23-2009, 09:08 PM
The same thing happened to mine frequently.It happens because they are growing very thickly at the top and shading the bottom.Ludwigia are not exceptionally nutrient hungry but the 2 months could have contributed to this.It is actually best with luds to prune them regularly to keep them dense and compact.Do you remember the pics I used to post of my luds?They were extremely thick at the surface but looked truly awful just 6 " down the stems.Unfortunately the only way to keep them really low and compact is to have very high lighting and prune and clip the offshoots regular to encourage a branching growth.