Java fern brown-out

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    Hi all

    As the title says. My java ferns have seen better days. Almost 7 months now, i have found myself buying more fern, trying to replace the ones just dying out. And then the brown spots start and eventually they die off as well. Its a slow process, but still very frustrating.

    Please note - no other plants are affected.

    Low tech 60 liter tank.
    Started dosing scape religiously a week ago.
    And seachem flourish once a week.
    50% water change on Sundays.
    Lighting 2 very old (2 years old?) T8 fluorescent tubes.
    I have them on between 4 - 9 at night.
    Internal filter - good flow. Cascade 400.
    Bubbler - only put on at night.

    I have accepted that this brown out is due to nutrition deficiency. And bad lighting.

    So plan of action:
    1) start El dosing on Monday
    2) new florescent tubes.

    But before I do, any advise or pointers are appreciated. Or is there something else i should consider?

    Thank you!




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    Weird.. My java ferns are growing amazingly with a very low tech setup ( no CO2, ferts etc ), just a water change every now and again. They should not require much attention at all.

    I would do your two points of action and go from there, not sure what else it could be.
     
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    I had the same problem,patience is the answer I think.i started off with decent sized plants but the gradually regressed till there was almost nothing left but the stocking I used to tie them to the driftwood.........eventually about a year later they started growing in the right direction albeit slowly but growing none the less.my setup is low tech so I don't expect fireworks I just think they need time to adjust to the new environment a lot of time.
     
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    Maybe the plants are just picky about being in new conditions. I had the same problem with growing bacopa monneri and bacopa caroliniana - took a long time before they picked up and recovered. I thought I was going to lose all my monneri but I was lucky to only have one that survived.

    I am sure @Trev Pleco and @Dirk B might be able to help a bit more there with the issue you are experiencing. And @Deadpool might?
     
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    @Clare ...ask me about microfish and I'll be able to help, with regards to plants...I'm no guru :p

    @Keke89 ... photos will help a great deal!! Regardless...get your hands on some ADA Phyton-Git...great for fern disease (amongst other things).

    I remove my plants and treat with Phyton-Git in a small tank tho...you dose per liter of tank volume...and it's just financially better to dose in one of my 25L tanks...than the 5 footer
     
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    LOL I only referred to you because I know you keep low tech plants with low lighting and thought you might be able to offer a solution. I also run low tech too but I don't keep ferns - only anubias small variety and I've only lost one piece so far.

    @Keke89: I agree with Deadpool - photos of the problematic areas would be a great if you need us to try and find a solution to your issue.
     
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    Hi all i took pictures of each of my 3 tanks just to give you an idea.

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