View Full Version : What is separating my plant stem from their roots?

08-09-2010, 03:20 AM
Recently, the past 1.5 weeks or so I have noticed that the base of some of my plants (where the stem meets the substrate) has been damaged/rotting (not entirely sure). Periodically I see a plant floating and separated from the roots.
It has happened to 3 hygrophila corymbosa and 1 ludwigia repens stem.

Could it be snails? I have a mystery snail, and a few ugly pond snails

Substrate? flourite

fish? neons and rasboras

common to these plant species? My planting technique?

08-09-2010, 04:19 AM
Oh, stem rot. It is fairly common when planting new stems. I believe it is caused by "shock" of new water parameters. Once the plants adapt to the cpnditons of the new tank they will be fine. Simply chop the stem above the rot, aerate the substate with your fingers to release any built up toxic gases, and replant. If the plants continue to rot, it could be due to lack of light or CO2.