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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-13-2006, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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Yet another AS question

I'm about to install AS this weekend and I have a question about AS and red plants. Normally red plants will fade into green when I put them into my tank. I tried to lower NO3, add more Fe, and intesify the lighting by letting the plants grow close to the light but all this yielded no red plants. I was looking at tanks that have red plants and they seem to be in the perfect shade of red. Is this because of AS?
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Doubtful. The red coloration is a combination of factors. If you expect AS to color up your plants you will be disappointed.

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I disagree... since I began using AS my red stem plants have achieved new depths in color. Ammania gracilis gets stems up to 1/2" thick, with 4-5 new plantlets springing out from the bottom regularly accompanied by the most amazing orange/pink color. My Alternathera reineckii leaves are a deeper shade of red/almost burgundy than I have ever seen before.

I recently decided to add small pots of AS into an already planted tank with flourite. I added stems into the pots with the AS, and planted other plants in the same tank not in the pots with AS. It is very clear which stems have been growing in AS vs the flourite/turface I was previously using simpy by observing the color of the individual stems.


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<--------newby what is AS? other than what I think it is...lol
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Is it Aqua Soil? The ADA stuff?

I don't know either fresh_newby...


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yes... AS has been dubbed the lazy person's way to say aquasoil... made by ADA


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Okay I can already see a difference in 3 days since installing AS. It seems the width and length of the leaves are shorter but more together at the nodes. The red plants aren't really red yet, they're green but the stem itself is red. Much easier to plant in than Onyx sand.
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Ammania gracilis gets stems up to 1/2" thick, with 4-5 new plantlets ...
actually just measured it... its more like 3/8".


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Both Erik Leung and myself reported stems of Ammannia nearly dime size using flourite and plain sand some 7-10 years ago. Color as well.

I do not think it helps with color, it does help with growth of some plant species and it's better than any other substrate folks have tried.


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Both Erik Leung and myself reported stems of Ammannia nearly dime size using flourite and plain sand some 7-10 years ago. Color as well.

I do not think it helps with color, it does help with growth of some plant species and it's better than any other substrate folks have tried.


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I've got to report to you that mine growing in traditional silica sand reaches the same size of stem. Will try in pots with layer of clay soil, since it proved to do miracles on my aponogeton crispus and echinodorus swordplant.


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I have to agree with Tom on this one. I have grown ammania with 1/2" thick stems in PFS and Colorquartz. AS is great stuff but it doesn't promote color IME.

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