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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-27-2002, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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These are my plants:
-- Echinodorus tennellus (Narrow Leaf Chain Sword)
-- Sagittaria subulata (Dwarf Sagittaria)
-- Anubias barteri v. Nana (Anubias Nana)
-- Hygrophila difformis (Wisteria)
-- Cryptocoryne wendtii
-- Cryptocoryne lutea
-- Ceratopteris thalictroides (Water Sprite)

Since I bought the Wisteria, it has just wasted away. The Water Sprite, too, though it puts up nice new growth... which then just waste away.

My other plants are doing okay, so do the Wisteria and Water Sprite have special requirements?

(Actually, the Sagittaria hasn't done much at all, and the Chain Sword hasn't done well except for putting out chains of new plants. So it's not like the rest are doing great, but the Sprite and Wisteria stand out as the worst.)
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-27-2002, 05:17 PM
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I never had much luck with Wisteria either. When I planted Wisteria, it looked horrible. It grew alot of roots from the leaves and had a problem with hair algae. Just looked like crap. So I got rid of it. Will never go back to that plant.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-27-2002, 06:41 PM
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hmm i looked throgh a few of my books and the only thing i saw that was special about either of those plants is that it said to give the Wisteria plenty of room.......

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-27-2002, 07:33 PM
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I have a book and it says it needs nutrients in the bottom, so maybe that is your problem?


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if it needs nutrients in the bottom purchase some (Jobes) plants sticks, crack one in half and stick it in the gravel by it and see if the plant does any better...
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Just remember that once that plant stick goes in, it stays there unless you like algea blooms. You may want to hold off on that until someone verifies that cure for you. :hehe:

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My experience with these plants are that it likes a lot of NO3 and iron. If any of these drops too low they will show their sysmtoms within a few days which are poor growth, whitish color and then look like brown wilted lettuce. But once these levels are back to their liking they perk up right away.

I would stay away from adding any Jobe spikes on these, though. You will be pulling them up regularly for trimming therefore possibly exposing the spikes. This will give you algae due to the wrong type of nitrogen used in Jobs. They are great for Amazons and Crypts because they don't get disturbed much. Good luck...
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