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Forum: Plants Yesterday, 02:51 PM
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Posted By Zapins
We need to see close up photos. It sounds...

We need to see close up photos.

It sounds like pleco damage.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-23-2014, 12:17 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 927
Posted By Zapins
I do not quarantine. I've found that more often...

I do not quarantine. I've found that more often then not you put a sick fish in a hospital tank and that stresses it out even more. I feel it is better to keep fish in a place where they feel the...
Forum: Plants 11-22-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By Zapins
As others mentioned this is a natural part of a...

As others mentioned this is a natural part of a Java fern's life cycle. The old leaves become ratty looking and deteriorate as baby plants form on the leaves. When the old leaf decays off the main...
Forum: Plants 11-22-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 322
Posted By Zapins
It is hard to tell with this species if there is...

It is hard to tell with this species if there is a deficiency or not. It is not a good indicator plant.

You only tested 1 nutrient (nitrates). There are many more that plants need that cannot be...
Forum: Plants 11-22-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 322
Posted By Zapins
Can you post photos of other plants in the tank?...

Can you post photos of other plants in the tank? Broad leafed plants are best. Grass type plants are not good indicator plants for deficiencies. Many different deficiencies look similar because the...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 11-22-2014, 07:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 385
Posted By Zapins
You may be right about the nutrient deficiency....

You may be right about the nutrient deficiency. It is hard to tell from that one photo if something is missing. Perhaps a few more photos of the other plants in the tank will tell which nutrient is...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 11-22-2014, 06:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 385
Posted By Zapins
Doesn't look like the damaging kind of fungus. I...

Doesn't look like the damaging kind of fungus. I think it is growing on those plants because the plants are dying and it is eating the dead tissue. Not causing the plants to die. It looks similar to...
Forum: Plants 11-22-2014, 04:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 291
Posted By Zapins
How much of each fertilizer are you adding and...

How much of each fertilizer are you adding and how often?

Can you post more pics of your other plants. There may be something else wrong that is harder to spot.
Forum: Plants 11-22-2014, 12:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 115
Posted By Zapins
Yes, to trim lily plants you cut off the leaf at...

Yes, to trim lily plants you cut off the leaf at the base near the rhizome. It will not hurt the plant.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 11-21-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 385
Posted By Zapins
Generally the harmful type of fungus only grows...

Generally the harmful type of fungus only grows on emersed HC, not submersed HC and looks exactly as you described. The normal way is to either submerse the HC or dry the emersed HC out a bit by...
Forum: Plants 11-21-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 220
Posted By Zapins
I take it you don't like the pigmented colors?...

I take it you don't like the pigmented colors? Most people try to get their plants to red up like yours.
Forum: Plants 11-21-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 220
Posted By Zapins
I agree. Plants are healthy. The red color...

I agree. Plants are healthy.

The red color is normal with higher lighting.
Forum: Plants 11-20-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 291
Posted By Zapins
What fertilizers are you adding? Anything with...

What fertilizers are you adding? Anything with iron in it?

What are your ammonia levels in the tank?

Are any other plants dying? Photos?
Forum: Plants 11-20-2014, 11:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 128
Posted By Zapins
Can you post some closeup shots of the plants?

Can you post some closeup shots of the plants?
Forum: Plants 11-20-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 617
Posted By Zapins
Right, I agree that MGOPS can work for emersed...

Right, I agree that MGOPS can work for emersed and submersed aquatic plant growth. There are many examples of it working long term. Though just because it can work, does not mean it is the ideal type...
Forum: Plants 11-20-2014, 02:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 79
Posted By Zapins
Probably Cardamine lyrata.

Probably Cardamine lyrata.
Forum: Fish 11-19-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 237
Posted By Zapins
I've never seen them eat anything that wasn't...

I've never seen them eat anything that wasn't alive. I bred a few hundred of them last year and the year before. Very easy fish to breed and raise as long as you feed them live food. Very peaceful...
Forum: Plants 11-19-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 617
Posted By Zapins
Perhaps I am reading your comment wrong, but your...

Perhaps I am reading your comment wrong, but your comment sounds rather snarky.

I provided you with a piece of what I have read on ammonium toxicity. The information is from a trusted primary...
Forum: Plants 11-18-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 617
Posted By Zapins
From:Handbook of Plant Nutrition, by Allen V....

From:Handbook of Plant Nutrition, by Allen V. Barker, David J. Pilbeam. 2007, page 35

To answer your question. Most plants cannot handle ammonia/ammonium very well. The mechanism for exactly why...
Forum: Plants 11-16-2014, 10:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 617
Posted By Zapins
I'd leave it in the tank. Make sure the...

I'd leave it in the tank. Make sure the conditions are good for growing plants (enough light, enough fertilizers). In good conditions plants will grow more leaves/stems/etc in the same amount of time...
Forum: Plants 11-16-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 943
Posted By Zapins
I think you may be adding too many fertilizers in...

I think you may be adding too many fertilizers in general. Plants should not normally need such high levels to live healthiky. Why not dose as recommended for EI? You are dosing several times more...
Forum: Plants 11-16-2014, 05:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 943
Posted By Zapins
14 ppm PO4 is pretty high. Most people add 1-2...

14 ppm PO4 is pretty high. Most people add 1-2 ppm a week and that is plenty (more than enough actually). In fact, I've rarely if ever seen a phosphate deficiency in a normal tank, I think it would...
Forum: Plants 11-16-2014, 05:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By Zapins
No problem. Let us know how it turns out!

No problem. Let us know how it turns out!
Forum: Plants 11-15-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By Zapins
It might be that your nitrate test kit is not...

It might be that your nitrate test kit is not working correctly. It may be reading 0 ppm as 20 ppm nitrate, which may explain why the nitrate concentration never fell below 20 ppm when you were using...
Forum: Plants 11-15-2014, 04:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By Zapins
I don't think it is potassium deficiency. The...

I don't think it is potassium deficiency. The holes are too irregular and too large and several do not have chlorotic (yellow) boarders. The holes are from some kind of mechanical damage (maybe...
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