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Old 10-30-2014, 07:17 PM   #1
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What's the most leaves you get on a single C. balansae plant? Mine seem to max out around 4 or so, with an older leaf "wearing out" as new ones come in. I try to remove leaves with damage or broken bits and it seems I am removing as fast as they grow new ones. The old leaves get tears or BBA near the tip and it is downhill from there.

CO2 injection, EI dosing, root tabs.
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Old 10-31-2014, 06:58 AM   #2
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thats not right something is off.
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Old 11-01-2014, 07:59 PM   #3
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I had the same issue with my C. balansae when I had the species.... heavier ferts seemed to solve the issue for me... not to say that it will fix it for you, as every tank is different, but it is something to consider.

Bump: What's your dosing regiment?
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I dose Plantex CSM+B, KNO3, and KH2PO4, all from AquariumFertilizer.com, plus Osmocote root tabs. The root tabs do not seem to help much so I have upped my insertion rate. New rule: stick a root tab near every balansae that loses a leaf. I suspect some fert shortage too and hope this fixes it.

I understand this plant likes calcium but not sure how to dose that. It comes in high GH water right? My water company claims total hardness (as CaCO3) is 120-180 ppm. Should be enough, right?
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Old 11-06-2014, 05:30 PM   #5
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I understand this plant likes calcium but not sure how to dose that.
I have been told a piece of cuttlebone dropped in the water will held with calcium issues.
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Old 12-04-2014, 06:32 PM   #6
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Okay, I am bumping this thread up since my problem persists. What is happening is that every plant loses its most mature leaves. New leaves do come in but the overall effect is still rather bare. Each older leaf just seems to degrade, at first maybe just the tip or at some damage point but if left alone within a week or three the whole leaf turns brown and disintegrates.

Here is what's sort of confusing: I use the same Flourite substrate in my 75g tank and it grows C. crispatula balansae just fine without any root tabs. The CO2 in that tank is on 24 hours per day while the 220g shuts off at night. This is the only environmental difference (except fauna).
The problem is that balansae is too large for the 75g; I want it in the 220g tank.

I would really really like to have a balansae forest in this tank, so any ideas are welcome.
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Old 12-05-2014, 02:47 AM   #7
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this also frustrated me back then. i tried adding more co2, light, fert tab, etc with no better result on the plant's leaves count.

i finally accept the fact that my balansae can't have really dense leaves per plant. mine can only hold 5-6 leaves per plant. they tend to sprout another plant rather than grow more leaves.
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Mine growing in a container pond (heated and indoors for the winter) has about 6-8 leaves. I am however seriously limiting its growth by keeping it in a tiny pot, I'd probably get better growth and more daughter plants if I repotted it.
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