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Forum: Plants Yesterday, 05:33 AM
Replies: 7
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Posted By Zapins
What is the wattage of the light? How long is it...

What is the wattage of the light? How long is it on for per day? How far above the surface of the water is it?

What fertilizers are you adding? How often? How much of each?

What are your...
Forum: Plants Yesterday, 05:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 422
Posted By Zapins
It is Echinodorus tenellus (also known as pygmy...

It is Echinodorus tenellus (also known as pygmy chain sword and Helanthium bolivianum). It is in emersed form right now and will change leaf shape as it grows into its submersed form.
Forum: Plants 01-26-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 231
Posted By Zapins
2nd picture looks like it might be pleco damage. ...

2nd picture looks like it might be pleco damage.

1st and 3rd picture might be early signs of nitrogen deficiency. Can you do a nitrate test on the water?
Forum: Plants 01-26-2015, 03:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 399
Posted By Zapins
KNO3 will also add K, but it adds nitrates too,...

KNO3 will also add K, but it adds nitrates too, so your fish may be negatively affected if you add 30+ ppm in order to get the K higher. Might as well order K2SO4.
Forum: Plants 01-25-2015, 09:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 359
Posted By Zapins
I'm not 100% sure, but by the look of the flower...

I'm not 100% sure, but by the look of the flower the white part at the top looks like the pollen and the bottom swollen parts look like the ovum where the seeds develop. Brushing the white pat and...
Forum: Plants 01-25-2015, 07:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 359
Posted By Zapins
With a paint brush. I read a post from a guy who...

With a paint brush. I read a post from a guy who did it. But I believe you need 2 unrelated plants and all of my petite are clones of the original plant.
Forum: Plants 01-25-2015, 07:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 422
Posted By Zapins
Echinodorus tenellus.

Echinodorus tenellus.
Forum: Plants 01-25-2015, 05:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 359
Posted By Zapins
There is a second flower about to open up in my...

There is a second flower about to open up in my tank. It must be my lucky day.

Nice flower Obak! Glad to see others have flowered them too. Was that plant being grown emersed before you added it...
Forum: Plants 01-24-2015, 08:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 314
Posted By Zapins
If plants were not able to compete then how would...

If plants were not able to compete then how would anyone be able to maintain an algae free tank when using EI which provides abundant nutrients for algae? Did you know that the culture media used to...
Forum: Plants 01-24-2015, 07:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 475
Posted By Zapins
Try removing the plecos. Perhaps they are cutting...

Try removing the plecos. Perhaps they are cutting through the stems.

A picture of a severed stem might also help. The cut might reveal what is causing it.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-24-2015, 07:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 252
Posted By Zapins
Plants are able to remove some nutrients from old...

Plants are able to remove some nutrients from old tissue and move them to the buds to form new leaves and stems. As they remove nutrients from old leaves the leaves break down and die. This is an...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-24-2015, 05:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 252
Posted By Zapins
I agree. Very likely a deficiency of some kind. ...

I agree. Very likely a deficiency of some kind.

Since there doesn't really appear to be any old leaf damage that means the missing nutrient is probably an immobile nutrient. And the most common...
Forum: Plants 01-24-2015, 04:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 359
Posted By Zapins
Smaller than normal anubias flowers, but...

Smaller than normal anubias flowers, but otherwise fairly similar. The petite flower seems to have a slightly longer and thinner than normal tip though.

I should place one of my other normal nana...
Forum: Plants 01-24-2015, 04:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 209
Posted By Zapins
What conditions was it kept in before it was...

What conditions was it kept in before it was planted? Was it in the dark for a few days?

What light is on the tank now and how long is it on for?

Also, I used to live in Hamden CT. I started a...
Forum: Plants 01-24-2015, 03:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 359
Posted By Zapins
Anubias nana 'petite' just flowered!

My Anubias nana petite just flowered.

I've never seen it flower before. Has anyone else? I didn't even think they could flower.
...
Forum: Plants 01-24-2015, 01:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 314
Posted By Zapins
The main plant issue you have is pleco damage on...

The main plant issue you have is pleco damage on the sword plants. They are damaging it at night when the lights are off by rasping on the leaves with their abrasive mouth parts. Unfortunately once...
Forum: Plants 01-24-2015, 01:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 185
Posted By Zapins
It is an Echinodorus species (a sword plant),...

It is an Echinodorus species (a sword plant), probably Echinodorus ozelot.
Forum: Plants 01-24-2015, 01:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 207
Posted By Zapins
Generally the more flow the better. It helps get...

Generally the more flow the better. It helps get nutrients to all the plants and keep debris from settling on leaves which can encourage algae.

Let us know how the changes work out in a week or...
Forum: Substrate 01-24-2015, 01:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 364
Posted By Zapins
No rinsing needed. It is made specifically so it...

No rinsing needed. It is made specifically so it doesn't cloud swimming pools.

You can add soil under it, I've done it many times and it works well, though if the sand is white it will discolor a...
Forum: Substrate 01-24-2015, 01:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 364
Posted By Zapins
Works, and works very well. A nice neutral...

Works, and works very well.

A nice neutral dense large grained sand that is dirt cheap and lasts forever. An ideal substrate.
Forum: Plants 01-23-2015, 11:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 399
Posted By Zapins
Add K2SO4.

Add K2SO4.
Forum: Plants 01-23-2015, 04:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 207
Posted By Zapins
I think the problem is actually fairly likely to...

I think the problem is actually fairly likely to be potassium deficiency which will show up as holes with yellow margins on older leaves only, but the high PO4 is also probably not a good thing....
Forum: Plants 01-23-2015, 04:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 207
Posted By Zapins
How often are you adding the ferts? You are...

How often are you adding the ferts?

You are adding a huge amount of PO4 (9.28 ppm every time you add those doses).
Forum: Plants 01-23-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 399
Posted By Zapins
Yes, looks like a K deficiency. Hygros are very...

Yes, looks like a K deficiency. Hygros are very good indicators of that.

1/8 tsp will raise your K concentration by 3.16 ppm. So doubling that to 1/4 three times a week will be adding an...
Forum: Fish 01-23-2015, 01:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 731
Posted By Zapins
At the time the tank was hooked up to an...

At the time the tank was hooked up to an automatic water change system that was pushing huge amounts of water through the tank per day so it makes sense why other fish didn't get sick. In fact, I'd...
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