11-20-2012, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by CinBos
Now, I also use fertilizer tabs by seachem as well. Would that make up for equalibrium?
No. There is minimal calcium and magnesium in the tabs too. I was using these next to the larger swords, and dosing Flourish weekly, and the swords just slowly deterioriated. Diana Walstad convinced me it was caused by iron deposits in the leaves that slowly spread until the leaf was killed, and this was the direct result of insufficient calcium, and the GH should be no less than 4 dGH [= 71 ppm]. I started using Equilibrium and got the GH to 5 or 6 dGH, and the swords absolutely took off. Nothing else changed. I have sinced gone to twice weekly with Flourish Comp and this has resulted in a further improvement, not quite as dramatic with the larger swords, but still obvious. Last week I went to three times weekly, to see if this works. This was not just a whim; I am having another problem with leaves falling apart, and potassium alone did not help. Those of us with very soft water have to add nutrients more than others might.
On the wood, I suggested moving it to the left, and then rotating it a bit counter-clockwise (when looking down from above) so the larger end which is now facing to the left would be facing to the right. In my mind's eye I am seeing this as more natural, but you have to try it and find out.