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May 22, 2018 10:29 PM CST
Newbie here, I water my cacti once a week (?) and I haven't been home for a while and came home to this! Is there anything I can do to save them?
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May 22, 2018 10:34 PM CST

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You have a cat? Looks like something has chewed or scratched it.
And once a week watering is most likely too much, especially if you are keeping it indoors.
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May 22, 2018 10:56 PM CST
There are also signs of etiolation which is an indicator that they aren't getting enough light.
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May 23, 2018 7:53 AM CST
Looks like one of your pets did a taste test. You can dab some cinnamon on those leaves if you want, or just let it be and it will just dry off and callus itself. New growth at the center of the rosette seems okay. Just check as well in between the leaves to see if there are mushy parts.

Try to position the plants to more bright light as well.
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May 23, 2018 8:21 AM CST
Hi gnaaa, Welcome!

I agree, your plants are not getting sufficient light. Cacti and succulents are fairly drought tolerant and watering once a week (especially in low light situations) can cause fungal issues.

It also looks to me like teeth marks in the leaves of the (Echeveria?) as if a critter has tasted the plant. Echeverias (Echeveria)

The black spots appear to be a fungal issue, possibly from low light and too much water. I'd sprinkle a little cinnamon powder (a natural fungicide) on those blackish areas; move the plants to a sunnier location and water sparingly.
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