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post #41 of 45 Old 04-06-2013, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
I still have a couple of remaining Pygmy Chain Swords left after I think the previous cyano gave them a hard time, but they don't seem to be doing very much. Thx!

I'll take a few shots now and post them.
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post #42 of 45 Old 04-07-2013, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
Here are the pics. Not as good as I expected but I hope you get the picture <grin>.

The Sword(s)
Most of my tank

I promise better pics next time.
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post #43 of 45 Old 04-07-2013, 09:13 AM
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are you noticeding any new leafs emerging?
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post #44 of 45 Old 04-07-2013, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
A few. Some plants are putting out a few leaves, and some aren't doing anything. Water Sprite planted is really not keeping up, and the same plant, floating, is growing better, putting up a new frond. The Swords are sufferiing and some new leaves have come out white-colored.

I've been looking at one of those charts of deficiencies and it looks like CO2 to me. I turned my filter down to minimum to conserve CO2. I have a glass cover. Probably not airtight


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post #45 of 45 Old 04-07-2013, 12:09 PM
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I can't see any plant problems. But of course, I cannot assess the rate of growth from still photos. Still, this looks normal to me.

Re the floating doing better, this is only to be expected. Floating plants have more light, plus the advantage of aerial CO2 which they can take up four times faster that via submersed. So this is no problem.

On the growth in general, plants must have rest periods too. I have had my chain swords since 1997 (the parent plants), and they go through periods of growth when runners appear, followed by rest periods. Each is a couple months or so, I've never really kept track. All my plants behave similarly with respect to new leaves as well as runners or inflorescences.


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