Diseases of aquarium plants

Diseases of aquarium plants and their causes: the plant loses its leaves, the plant has stopped growing, diseased and black roots.

When making a diagnosis, check to see if the damage to the plant is coming from snails or fish. Signs in some cases are similar.

Diseases Of Aquarium Plants And The Causes

  1. The plant has stopped growing, possibly lacking carbon, often due to the high pH of the species.
  2. Sore and black roots – very fine and compacted soil.
  3. The plant loses leaves, on which small areas die off – lack of phosphorus.
  4. Too long internodes, thin stems, leaf shedding in the lower part of the plant, pale color of the leaf blade – low light.
  5. Too long internodes and small leaves – the wrong relationship between temperature and light. The higher the water temperature, the more illumination should be.
  6. Elongated plants are an overabundance of the red part of the lamp spectrum.
  7. Withering plants and wilting – a change in the chemical composition of the water or a lack of any nutrient.
  8. Damage to leaf blades in plants with a shortened stem – high soil density.
  9. The leaf blades are covered with lime – a lack of carbon dioxide.
  10. The leaf blades are small – there is a lack of nutrients and an excess of lighting.
  11. Yellow spots appear on the leaves – a lack of potassium.
  12. The leaf blades turn yellow (this can be caused by aging of the leaf blade) – a lack of nitrogen.
  13. The edges of young leaves turn yellow – lack of calcium.
  14. The leaves turn yellow, the plant becomes glassy and dies – lack of iron.
  15. In Cryptocoryne, the leaf blade, starting from the top, becomes vitreous, holes are formed, and then it is completely destroyed – “cryptocoryne disease”. The reason is not exactly established. But often this happens as a result of a sharp change in the conditions of detention. For example, a change in a large amount of water of a different chemical composition, a change in illumination, replacement of daylight with artificial one and, conversely, a change in filter material. If the leaves begin to decay, they must be cut off and removed, and the water in the aquarium should be changed to fresh water to save the root system. Cryptocorynes recover for a long time after an illness and do not reach their previous growth.

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