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post #21 of 30 Old 07-24-2012, 10:59 AM
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Its the "base" of the plant. The leaves come out the top of the crown and roots come out the bottom.
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post #22 of 30 Old 07-24-2012, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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The crown is basically where all the leaf stems meet above the roots. Many plants will rot if the crown is buried. I plant mine so that you can just barely see a tiny bit of the roots. With stem plants, water sprites, and some others you can just stick them in the substrate and they will sprout roots...kind of like tomato plants.

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I got the sword, a compact sword, java fern, and some anachris ,pieces that broke off, in my 75 gal. I wanted to double check a couple of things…

1) Seachem Florish and Seachem Root tabs are the best for the plants
2) The lighting on the tank, I have the potential to put three bulbs above the tank, one bulb came with the tank and the other two are in a shop light that came from a Craigslist deal. I'm not sure the of the numbers on them (out of town) but the bulbs appear more reddish when lit. Now the questions on bulbs, will this be sufficient, or could I get away with two bulbs? It feels like the shop light heats up the water despite it being on the other side of the glass lid.
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Some people swear by the tabs. I haven't used them.
Try to keep the shop light a couple of inches above the glass and be careful, they aren't insulated the way aquarium lights are. What size is the shop light ?

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Some people swear by the tabs. I haven't used them.
Try to keep the shop light a couple of inches above the glass and be careful, they aren't insulated the way aquarium lights are. What size is the shop light ?
Shop light should be a 48" T8
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I got the sword, a compact sword, java fern, and some anachris ,pieces that broke off, in my 75 gal. I wanted to double check a couple of things…

1) Seachem Florish and Seachem Root tabs are the best for the plants
2) The lighting on the tank, I have the potential to put three bulbs above the tank, one bulb came with the tank and the other two are in a shop light that came from a Craigslist deal. I'm not sure the of the numbers on them (out of town) but the bulbs appear more reddish when lit. Now the questions on bulbs, will this be sufficient, or could I get away with two bulbs? It feels like the shop light heats up the water despite it being on the other side of the glass lid.
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Flourish Comprehensive Supplement (liquid) definitely. The Flourish Tabs will be good for the large sword, one close to the roots, but no others will be of benefit.

Light, this is one 18-inch tube over a 4-foot 55g tank, correct? This on its own willnot be much. What are the lengths of the other two?

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Sounds like the shop light might have plant or full spectrum tubes. Those give off a pinkish hue. I'd try just using the shop light as is for a while and see how the plants do. Keeping the tubes 2-3 inches off the glass should help with the heat problem and reduce the chances of the fixture and water coming into contact with each other.

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Flourish Comprehensive Supplement (liquid) definitely. The Flourish Tabs will be good for the large sword, one close to the roots, but no others will be of benefit.

Light, this is one 18-inch tube over a 4-foot 55g tank, correct? This on its own willnot be much. What are the lengths of the other two?
Sorry to confuse you, I have a 55g with the one bulb and a 75g with three on it.
Won't the root tabs benefit the compact sword as well?
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Sorry to confuse you, I have a 55g with the one bulb and a 75g with three on it.
Won't the root tabs benefit the compact sword as well?
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