Originally Posted by SinCrisis
I have no idea, ive had it since before i actually was into planted tanks, its just grown and grown. It was sitting in one position for like 5 years from a little pot, and then when i re-did my tank, it was 18inches tall and upon inspection, i realized i could divide it by 2 at the base, was not sure if i had planted it that way or if a second plant just grew out from the main plant.
Does this help identify it?
Have never had it grow stalks and give me plantlets. The entire plant looking a little ill now, small pin-hole holes have been appearing since it was moved and planted in soil instead of gravel, dunno what to do about it though, already dose flourish with a half dose of potassium to help it but it hasnt improved :-/
It is probably Echinodorus bleherae, check the photos in the profile and see if this looks like it. This is the most generally-available "sword" although leaves can vary in length and width depending upon conditions (light and nutrients). It has growth phases, times during the year when leaves will appear, then not, and mine send out inflorescences that are multi-branched 2 or 3 times a year in the 115g, but those in the former 90g did once and now they are in the 70g two of them have sent up an inflorescence. One of the plants in the 115g is sending out another inflorescence e. I think the season has something to do with it as well.
I have noticed that most of my E. bleherae turn out to be 2 (sometimes 3) plants, I think they pot them that way and we don't notice it. The rhizome can be divided on large Echinodorus, but rather than this occurring I suspect it is the potting by the nursery.
Those holes are nutrient deficiency, which can be due to excess of something else. Not saying Potassium is it, but I do know that too much potassium will impede the assimilation of iron. And there may be other related issues. I have had similar from the swords (E. bleherae) in the 90g due to magnesium overdose back in 2009 but from which they never recovered completely; moving them to the 70g this past month with a Flourite substrate has stopped this, whatever the cause was, and all new leaf growth (which has taken off again) is darker and whole.
I would be careful dosing ad hoc nutrients with a soil substrate. The whole point of soil is not having to use fertilizers at all, according to Ms. Walstad, but I've never tried soil. If you are using Flourish Comprehensive, I would go to twice a week (max), and see, but nothing else. The Flourish line is intended to be used together (except for Flourish Comprehensive which is stand alone) and when just one of the line are added, unless that nutrient is one that is near-absent in the total balance, it is not likely to do much good. It sometimes takes some experimenting.