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This is some R. Mini Butterfly



Is it a problem for plants to pearl this much?


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Not a problem at all. Just means that the water is saturated with O2, so the O2 produced by plant photosynthesis doesn't dissolve (as fast). Happens commonly in high light tanks in the afternoons. Just make sure the plants don't run out of food...
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IDK, it looks like just normal Rotala rotundifolia to me.


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IDK, it looks like just normal Rotala rotundifolia to me.
Was sold be a very honorable guy that I trust, I'm sure it's just not turning bright red because of the finnex fixture (not great for reds) and my CO2 still isn't maxed out. Both those can make the mini turn back to a rotala magenta


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Not a problem at all. Just means that the water is saturated with O2, so the O2 produced by plant photosynthesis doesn't dissolve (as fast). Happens commonly in high light tanks in the afternoons. Just make sure the plants don't run out of food...

Should you be dosing more ferts for the plants to consume if they are pearling? Cause I don't want to know the plants are pearling because they ran out of food.
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It could just be micro co2 bubbles scaping the reactor into the tank?
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It could just be micro co2 bubbles scaping the reactor into the tank?
It's a diffuser in the tank, I meant more on the actual rotala

When plants pearl does that really mean there's not enough ferts? I didn't think that was related?


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The pearling could be an indication that the plants are very happy and are growing fast (specially stem plants). Fast growth means the plants require more ferts. If you have many stem plants, make sure to have enough ferts...this could be accomplished by following EI as a dosing guide.
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It's a diffuser in the tank, I meant more on the actual rotala

When plants pearl does that really mean there's not enough ferts? I didn't think that was related?


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If the diffuser is inside the tank then it's possible that all the micro bubble are being scattered everywhere in the tank...attaching to the plants...creating a pearling effect.
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Was sold be a very honorable guy that I trust, I'm sure it's just not turning bright red because of the finnex fixture (not great for reds) and my CO2 still isn't maxed out. Both those can make the mini turn back to a rotala magenta


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I mean the leaf shape and growth is exactly like rotundifolia.


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I mean the leaf shape and growth is exactly like rotundifolia.
So are you saying this isn't mini butterfly?

I so confused :P


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If the diffuser is inside the tank then it's possible that all the micro bubble are being scattered everywhere in the tank...attaching to the plants...creating a pearling effect.
That could indeed be the case. Wasn't aware they'd attach to just the underside of leaves


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Not to steal the thread but my java fern, amazon sword, rotalas, anubias all pearl even after i turn off the diffuser 2 hours before lights go out. so even when i dose my ferts every week. does that mean i have to dose ferts again the following day so the plants have something to eat? my drop checker is light-greenish yellow by the end of the day.

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Not to steal the thread but my java fern, amazon sword, rotalas, anubias all pearl even after i turn off the diffuser 2 hours before lights go out. so even when i dose my ferts every week. does that mean i have to dose ferts again the following day so the plants have something to eat? my drop checker is light-greenish yellow by the end of the day.
If your plants are healthy and seem to be thriving with whatever fert schedule you are doing now...why try and change things?

Now, if you see a deficiency or your plants don't seem to be thriving then here's a method suggested by Tom Barr that will provide enough nutrients for your plants.

http://www.barrreport.com/showthread...ss-techy-folks

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alright thanks. im not going to change my schedule then. all my plants are thriving and growing.
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