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My amazon swords (which I recently moved and trimed the roots) leaves have several transparent spots on them. Could this be from my flying foxes which are my only algae eaters? or from something else?
 

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My Flying Fox doesn't have the "teeth" to hurt plants. Although "Flying Fox" is probably a collection of different species, so there is a possibility that some do, some don't. I have seen Bristlenose Plecos doing some serious damage to swords, but if you don't have any...

Could be lack of certain nutrients. Potassium deficiencies can cause holes in leaves, but they are usually not starting out transparent.

Can you take a picture for us to look at?
 

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Here is a picture of the sword's transparent leaf, I hope it is clear enough.




Possible culprit?



a shot of my tank



Im really now just learning how to grow plants well after that I can worry about the aquascaping part.
 

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its a 50 gallon with 126 watts of fluorescent lighting. I dose with seachmen products, I dose usually bi weekly with nitrogen, K, trace, phoshporus, Fe, and flourish and then do a 50 % wc weekly. I have pressurized co2 that runs at about 3-4 bps.
 

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Okay.... I don't think the Flying Fox is the problem. I would have guessed nutrients, specifically K, but since you dose everything, that shouldn't be the problem either. BTW Seachem K is not very concentrated, finding some K2SO4 might be more cost efficient. That's besides the topic of course.

If the plants have been put into the tank fairly recently, it is possible that they came from a different environment, and dying leaves is just part of their adjustment.

Another nutrient-related issue could be a lack of nutrients in the substrate. Swords are root feeders, and if your substrate is inert gravel they will definitely suffer. If that is the case, I would suggest some root tabs or even a few Jobes sticks here and there, that should green them up a bit.
 

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thanks alot, I will try some root tabs and dosing K a little more, I also plan on getting some dry ferts as soon as I am done with the liquid ferts.
 
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