View Full Version : Help! Frosty white new growth on plants?

05-28-2010, 08:55 AM
Hi there. I am noticing that I have something going on with my plants. I have several different varieties. I am noticing that the tips closest to the ends of the stem plants are sort of white. It has a sort of frosty or chalky appearance. I see that some of the new growth that has the white tinge to it is sort of deteriorating. Like it won't live long. Does anyone know what this could be?

One of the plants is that one that sort of looks like little watermelons. I guess the informal name for it is watermelon plant? I notice this with a leaf here and there on my banana plant.

Right now I've only been supplementing with liquid carbon. I want to buy a good fertilizer. I also put flourite (if that's how you spell it) into the bottom of the gravel. I followed the directions for measuring.

I have 6.6 gallon tanks that have a betta in each one. Water parameters are fine. I notice that my water is a tad alkaline, hovering around 7.8 to 8. And my water is hard.

Can anyone suggest what this may be? Is anyone willing to recommend a liquid or pellet fertilizer that they are very happy with? I wonder if I have to supplement with potassium.

Hope to get some feedback.
Thanks! :shappy:

Lady Hobbs
05-28-2010, 01:08 PM
Does that watermelon plant look like this? If so, this is a house plant, aluminum plant, but many call it a watermelon plant because of the stripe. It will not live in the water, if so.

http://www.foremostco.com/%5CITEM_IMAGES%5CPilea%5CPilea%20Aluminum%20(3).JP G

I would cut off all the white parts you see on your tanks. It may give the roots new strength to grow and get rid of that bad part.

05-28-2010, 02:00 PM
I had an aluminum plant in my tank for about 3months.It was sold as an aquatic plant.The leaves must remain above the water for it to grow.
I removed mine and planted it in a glass vase filed with glass beads and tank water.

05-28-2010, 09:55 PM
The watermelon plant I have has leaves that are smaller than the nail bed of my little pinky finger. They are stem plants that are small and grow upright.

I remember the aluminum plants from my childhood. That's a different plant, a cool plant but not the same one. This plant is sold for aquatic use. It was doing fine until about a month of putting it in the tank.