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chevyguy8893 11-20-2012 12:48 AM

Indian Red Sword Question
Probably a dumb question, but I noticed something odd with my indian red sword earlier today and started wondering what it was doing, or why? I have had it for a few weeks and it has always been fanned out, but today the leaves seemed to be standing up a lot more. No changes in the water except starting EI dosing saturday, which I don't think would do anything being a heavy root feeder. This was just odd, so I am just curious if anyone knows why this would occur?

This is how it normally looked (sorry, this was the best picture I have of it normally)

Here is how it looked most of the day today

james1542 11-20-2012 02:19 AM

Could something have happened to your light intensity? It could be "reaching" Under super high light, my marble queen swords leaves basically flop down.

chevyguy8893 11-20-2012 02:39 AM

Well, the bulbs are only a couple months old and I haven't moved it at all. The fixture is a dual 48 wat T5HO (8 hour photoperiod) which is a lot of light for being a 20 gallon. This is the first sword that has done this under the light. When my rubin sword was larger, it never did this. Assuming it is getting the nutrients it needs from seachem root tabs and pressurized CO2, should I expect to see problems arising from this plant?

Since I am not completely sure on the meaning, is reaching an increased rate of growth to get closer to the light source?

ADJAquariums 11-20-2012 06:53 PM

Im going to be getting these plants in a few days, ill see how they do under lower lighting and get maybey ill notice some things on how they grow, also from what i have seen and heard they tend to grow more outwards then the classic Amazon sword does

Also i like how you did your moss?? or fissidens, if you dont mind me asking how did you rig that setup? id love to try it

chevyguy8893 11-20-2012 07:18 PM

Yeah, that outward growth is what I was expecting from this one, but I guess I'll just see what happens as time goes on since it is fairly new. I'd be interested to know how yours does for comparison. In the near future my swords will probably be under low to moderate lighting.

I have a few types of moss in there, more than I knew what to do with :D. The floating balls is dwarf riccia netted (using a bath puff, or whatever it is called) using a bio-ball and a small zip tie. They are tied off to the rocks (netted dwarf riccia) with fishing line. There is also regular riccia tied on stich point canvas and suction cupped to the glass. The other moss is java moss stuck on driftwood. The riccia has only been in for about two weeks, so it hasn't filled in well.

Here is a better picture of the riccia if that is what you are referring to.

ADJAquariums 11-20-2012 08:49 PM

I was refering to the floating dwarf riccia, its really cool, it sort of gives it an almost futuristic sort of look, i like it very much, its an excelent idea that i might have to Borrow :) looks amazing in my eyes, i have a feeling others would think the same

chevyguy8893 11-20-2012 10:28 PM

Thanks, I can't remember where I saw the idea used, but it does work out well. Plus, there is nothing wrong with finding area to fit more plants :D. If you try it, let me know how it works out for you. The funny thing about having them is my malaysian trumpet snails are still able to get to them and keep them clean.

ADJAquariums 11-20-2012 11:05 PM

Wow i really love this idea, think it will work with Java moss or should i pick up some Fissidens to put into it?

chevyguy8893 11-21-2012 01:16 AM

I think it would work fine with java moss, and it looks somewhat common to grow fissidens through mesh so I think that would work. I have never had fissidens though, but I bet fontanus would look awesome grown like this. Now I want fissidens even more lol.

Edit: I figured out what was wrong with the red sword. I found the base of the leaves broken and dying, so the leaves were basically floating.

ADJAquariums 11-21-2012 06:53 PM

That would be an issue :) good thing you found it! the sword that im getting should be coming today, maybe ill get some pictures of it

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