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Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: San Joaquin Valley, California
ammania gracilis help needed please
I'm having a terrible time with this plant. I got some last fall and it grew into a pretty, little orange plant in the tank it was in. I moved it to my large tank and the plant just exploded--it became huge, and turned a gorgeous hot pinky orange to boot! Then, after a few months, it started heading down hill. The leaves are much smaller, the new growth is crumpled looking, and the old leaves don't look so hot either.
I found some info at the krib: one reference to it being a great indicator plant (but didn't state what it indicated), and another reference that said it didn't do well in proximity with alternanthera reineckii (but someone said they'd only had the problem in small tank and it was fine in a big one).
I did move some alternanthera reineckii into the tank (but away from the ammania a few months back). I also found that the bucket I was using for water changes held more water than I thought, which means I've been under dosing on RO right and letting my water get too soft (now corrected and other plants have recovered).
I really love this plant when it looks good and desperately need help in getting it healthy again. I've switched to Tom Barr's EI method of dosing (and my plants are loving it), so I'm guessing my problem is related to either gh/kh or trace problems. The plant has looked it's best and worst in the same tank, and it headed down hill before I switched to EI.
I can't find as much info on this plant as I'd like, so I'd be grateful for any info/advice anyone has to offer.