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Just went to get a bulb and fert

The Sword don't look the best so i got it for $3 vrs $7

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Worst part is I didn't get a T5HO for my 55g, couldn't find one so I picked up a T8 15w for my 10g.
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If you have an old 48" hood for your 55 you can make your own t5ho for $25 in 15 min
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Oh I have a T5HO Odyssea 54wx2 fixture I just went to get a 6500k or simular bulb
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I picked some flourish comp and had some excel. How should I fert these plants? 10g tank with 1x15w 410 lumens plant and aquarium bulb. If I had yeast on hand I would have DIY Co2 going. Think I should do Co2?
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If you have an old 48" hood for your 55 you can make your own t5ho for $25 in 15 min
How do you do this? Why not start a thread in the DIY forum about this?

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The sword looks "beat up" but i wouldn't worry about it. Pictured it has emerged grown leaves. Give it some light and it happily shed those and grow submerged leaves.
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The sword looks "beat up" but i wouldn't worry about it. Pictured it has emerged grown leaves. Give it some light and it happily shed those and grow submerged leaves.
Looks beat up was my first thought but it's a Echinodorus cordifolius plant or "Marble Queen Radican Sword" so most the lines in it are natural but a few leaves are whopped, but one of my ramshorn snail was on it and cleaned it up some. I looked these plants up some are high light with Co2 required, cardinal plant and the micro sword I think I'll have to look again tomarrow to be sure Bad back and viks at night to sleep woo
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The sword looks "beat up" but i wouldn't worry about it. Pictured it has emerged grown leaves. Give it some light and it happily shed those and grow submerged leaves.
Ah didn't really understand the emerged grown leaves lastnight (damn pain pills) but I got it this morning. How can you tell it was grown emerged?
Reading up on these plants I see a couple do require CO2 so I need to get some yeast and then I can start that up, but these 2 require high light so not sure if they are going to make it anyways. I have the 15w bulb plus a row of 3w white led strip lights, I can also run a row of blue if needed. Would this be high light? I know nothing else about the strip lights but I have 5 rows white and 2 rows blue on my 29g for light and hornwort grows but that's not saying much.

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Ah didn't really understand the emerged grown leaves lastnight (damn pain pills) but I got it this morning. How can you tell it was grown emerged?
Most Echinodorus spp. (well, those closely related to E. amazonicus) have two leave types they grow, elliptical shaped emerged growth and broad "sword shaped" submerged leaves.

Granted, if your emerged leaves are melting and your not growing new submerged leaves there might be a problem, but I generally wouldn't worry about it--swords are pretty undemanding.
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Most Echinodorus spp. (well, those closely related to E. amazonicus) have two leave types they grow, elliptical shaped emerged growth and broad "sword shaped" submerged leaves.

Granted, if your emerged leaves are melting and your not growing new submerged leaves there might be a problem, but I generally wouldn't worry about it--swords are pretty undemanding.
Thanks, looks like 1 submerged leave so far right in the center of the plant. And I see my Cardinal plant is not really a plant that grows fully submerged
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I picked some flourish comp and had some excel. How should I fert these plants? 10g tank with 1x15w 410 lumens plant and aquarium bulb. If I had yeast on hand I would have DIY Co2 going. Think I should do Co2?
Just follow the directions on the bottles except you might ignore the high initial dose of the Excel, that stuff is scary.

CO2 is amazing and in your low light set up the plants will be fine with whatever extra you can offer them. You don't NEED it though.


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Thanks but already did the high dose, I did have 2 ghost shrimps left in the tank and found 1 dead since
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Oh well, hope the other one is okay. Shrimp are neat little things to have around. I dosed according to the bottle for years without a problem with an Amano shrimp in the tank but it just isn't necessary to do that high dose.


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