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Old 06-12-2012, 09:52 PM   #11
 
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No problem! Watch those crypts though, sometimes I have seen them not come back after melting. But really that is unavoidable and really doesn't happen all too often. Good luck!
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:02 PM   #12
 
I've got two very small leaves on the end of stalks on the big one and one on the little one. I'm going to continue to watch the progress but as far as things are going, I'm very happy.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:22 PM   #13
 
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All right, cool. I remember I got freaked out when my amazon sword started melting its leaves. But all is good now.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:49 AM   #14
 
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Ok, So root tabs and the lighting upgrade. Should that make my amazon sword send off runners? Thanks!
If by "amazon sword" you are referring to the largish swords such as Echinodorus bleherae, you are never going to see runners--assuming you mean "runners" as those on the pygmy chain sword. Echinodorus species do not produce runners.

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Old 06-13-2012, 11:54 AM   #15
 
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[quote=Nemo the Clownfish;1114730]I have a couple of things that I have to wait and see to find out what's going on. I have a Melon Sword that now has two thin leaves going up, at the edge of the middle part where the leaves originate. I have to take a picture of them. As I see it, they could either be a new baby plant or some kind of hitchhiker plant (I've had this plant about a week and a half). I have had other leaves come up from the Melon Sword that looked to be typically shaped as the other leaves, but these are lanceolate? (long and thin). They look so different that I think it must be another type of plant and not a rootlet-based plant.[quote]

I'm wondering if what you see is an inflorescence? New leaves will always emerge from the centre of the crown on all Echinodorus plants, and some of the older outer leaves may yellow and die periodically. The inflorescence is like a stem, with nodes from which adventitious plants will appear, or flowers wold if grown emersed.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:05 PM   #16
 
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By runners I mean a big growth that comes off the plant and has a series of little plants on it. I don't think that runner is the right term, but regardless of the name, that is what I'm talking about.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:32 PM   #17
 
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By runners I mean a big growth that comes off the plant and has a series of little plants on it. I don't think that runner is the right term, but regardless of the name, that is what I'm talking about.
That's an inflorescence. Different plants will produce these according to their environment. Availability of nutrients clearly has something to do with it, and some say light intensity and duration. I have had the same plant produce 2 and even 3 at one time, and then more a few months later; but then no more for months after that. Other plants may be more regular.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:27 PM   #18
 
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Ok, thanks! I just got a glass hood and set up the T8 fixture. It is only 15 watts on a ten gallon tank (1.5 watts per gallon). Is that enough?
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:33 AM   #19
 
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More than enough, I had that on a 20 gallon tall, swords grew fine. Even had Wisteria growing under it.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:59 AM   #20
 
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Agreed.
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