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Hey all.

As I'm sure you all know, h.polysperma grows like a bloody weed, so when I got sick of it taking up one side of my aquarium, I replanted it more towards the back. This was about two weeks ago. Now I'm noticing that some of the leaves are coming in with pink veins. I've heard of this happening, but I'm not sure what causes it. I probably stirred up a lot of nutrients from the substrate when I moved it. Could that be it?

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Now I'm noticing that some of the leaves are coming in with pink veins. I've heard of this happening, but I'm not sure what causes it.
In your case it could be just better lighting in its new spot... the pinkish veins are always present in more light even in the H. polysperma. If you have the sunset variety then it definately needs more light to get the nice colors. Also a popular notion is that a stronger presence of potassium in the water column is liked by the hygro's.
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Thanks Buck.

Hard to say whether it's getting more light in its new spot or not. It used to be at the side and kind've central back to front, and now it's at the back and off to the side a bit. And according to the Tropica tag (which I saved), it's plain old H. Polysperma. Oh well...


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Even if light levels haven't changed, the red pigmentation could be brought about by low Nitrate or Phosphate levels. Many Hygro Poly owners purposefully keep their NO3 and PO4 low to achieve this coloration. The main drawback is that the color comes at the expense of growth. Keep them in balance and you'll have a happy plant.

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Nope. Tested all my parameters just yesterday and everything's peachy. Interesting info tho about bringing about the red pigmentation. Personally, I'd prefer good growth and a happy plant...


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