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Red Flame Sword Color

Hi Everyone! I've been been referencing this site for a while now and thought I should finally make an account. Turns out I've already got a problem that I need some help solving.

I got 2 red flame swords about two months ago. When I first got them, they were green but some of the leaves soon turned red. A few weeks ago, some of the leaves started turning a deep red and almost brown color (I've attached a photo for reference). I started using injected CO2 about a week ago the deepening of the color seems to have accelerated since then. The leaves have also started becoming very thin and fragile.

Is this normal for this plant? If not, any ideas what might be going on?

I use liquid ferts and root tabs in my setup with a Finnex light system that has been running through its pre-programmed 24 hr cycle. As mentioned, I started using injected CO2 about a week ago but was using API's CO2 Booster beforehand.
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If the plant is transitioning from growing emmersed at the nursery to fully submerged, you can expect that the new leaves will become a bit more transparent. That they're keeping their reddish color is a sign they like their conditions.

This is a Red Rubin from my 45 tall back in 1993...

It was purchased as a rockwool potted emergent grown young swordplant and didn't have much red color to start, and the leaves were pretty thick.

So I think your plant is just going through a normal transition. I'd be concerned if the leaves start to get 'windowed', meaning the translucence become transparent in places and the color thins to nearly nothing. I'm not sure what sort of deficiency causes this though.

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250 gallon stock tank, "pond"
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