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Old 10-31-2013, 11:48 PM   #31
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arent osmocote tablets the same as root tabs? both are fertilizer. i bought a bunch of osmocote because i thought they'd last longer.

Now to find someone who will want to trade my red rubins for one amazon sword.
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:32 AM   #32
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so i was unable to find a trade, but i have bought compacta amazon swords from someone on this forum so i will give those a shot and see if they behave better than these red rubins. I'll probably get rid of the red rubins later on (a friend wants them.)
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:33 PM   #33
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got some compacta amazons. probably very similar to regular amazon sword plants.
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Old 11-09-2013, 05:32 PM   #34
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Extremely similar, they are supposed to stay smaller than amazons, but in my experience its only by about 2 inches. Good find, i prefer them over amazons, even though i have amazons in all my tanks
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Old 11-09-2013, 05:55 PM   #35
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I hope they do well give my strange light!
in theory, since their leaves reach way higher, they should be getting enough light as opposed to the shorter red rubins, but i'm not 100% sure what exactly will happen. if they look this good a year from now, I will be super happy with my tank
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:20 PM   #36
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I would think it will do well there, Does it get any ambient light? such as ceiling fixtures/lamps or windows? if so that will definitely help it
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Old 11-16-2013, 03:49 PM   #37
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yeah there are CFL bulbs in the kitchen lamp which is a few feet away from the plants.

so now i have been growing the new swords for a week and the new leaves coming out are curled??
what's wrong with them now? what did i do? T_T
I used to be so good at growing plants back when i had my dual HO T-5 78W over this tank. and a CO2 system haha.
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:50 PM   #38
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Pics are needed.
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:16 PM   #39
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I'll try to get some.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:27 PM   #40
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Pics are needed.
Here are some pics. notice how the newly grown leaves fold a lot more and curl either outwards or inwards than the old, smoother growth.




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What are you adding for Ca and Mg? Do you have a GH reading or a calcium test reading?
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yep, my dGH is very high at 20-23dGH so i assume calcium is readily available. also dKH is 6-8dKH varies with season seems like. but my water is overall hard and alkaline but only at 7.5pH

I dose Kent Pro-Plant fertilizer once a week, about 3mL to my 40 gallon (about 37 gallon in reality)

there are also tons of snails breeding in the tank so calcium turnover is high. dead ones release lots of calcium while breeding ones keep it flowing through the system. i am sure there is calium and magnesium in here, the question is is there way too much? what makes aquatic plant leaves curl like this?
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Curling can be due to a lot of things. It could be an imbalance of Ca:Mg (too high Mg). Chlorine from untreated water can cause curling, nitrate deficiency can cause curling and deterioration in older leaves possibly a few other things.

Did you manage to get any root tabs for the new plants?

What are you adding for nitrates currently?
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:37 PM   #45
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i always have osmocote tabs under the plants.

i dose Kent fert like i said which has nitrogen source/nitrates and all the other useful stuff like magnesium, boron, sulfur.

my tank water has no toxic forms of chlorine. i always treat water with prime before putting it into the tank. chlorine is converted to a safer form for fish.

also i am quite high on bioload with fish (mostly plecos) and tons and tons of snails that poop everywhere. so there are lots of phosphates, nitrates, and carbon sources available for the swords. i do not get why they'd be curing. older leaves are not deteriorating yet.
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