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post #1 of 4 Old 05-25-2010, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Question Plant trouble

My plants leaves are turing clear and melting. My tank has been up and running for 4 months with no trouble and moderate plant growth. My parameters are all fine I just checked. I have been running without ferts. I am now begining to think I need them. The plant trouble seems to be mainly affecting my chain swords only! My other plants seem to be doing fine.
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-25-2010, 09:23 PM
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What's all spec's there? Water parameters in numbers? Tank size and lights used (wattage & Kelvin)? You say you use no ferts any other enriched substare? Which exact plants are effected (names or pictures)?
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-26-2010, 09:08 AM
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It sounds like it's just your chain sword, in which case it might be a lack of root fertiliser...

Without a soil substrate, substrate additive, or a well established stand of deteritus before you plant, rooted plants will begin to suffer when they finally run out of interior reserves...

It could also be your substrate instead- what's your substrate?

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post #4 of 4 Old 05-26-2010, 02:03 PM
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Natalie and redchigh have asked for important info. But from your description I would all but guarantee this is a nutrient issue; I just had it myself when I switched ferts for a test. A weekly dose of a good comprehensive liquid fertilizer will resolve the problem.

Echinodorus tenellus or any of the closely related "chain sword" species are fast growers and thus heavy users of nutrients. While substrate additives are fine, liquid is probably better. I use substrate sticks for my larger swords but the chain swords grow very rapidly from the liquid. Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive Supplement is probably the best; or Nutrafin's Plant-Gro (liquid) or the Aqueon Plant Food.


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