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Old 10-17-2010, 01:54 PM   #31
 
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Pics are good enough to be able to answer your question. The larger swords in the back corners will grow close to the surface in time, and may send out inflorescences with daughter plants. In my experience, this usually takes severalmonths, but it varies on the plant (how it was propagated), water, light, and nutrients especially. Expect some of the existing leaves to yellow and die; as long as new growth appears from the centre of the crown, the plant is fine, and you shuld see this new growth (leaves) within a few weeks.

The front plants seem to be a pygmy chain sword or perhaps a Sagittaria. In either case, runners will appear (there already are, these may have come with the plants?) again depending upon afore-mentioned factors. If those azre swords, the leaves on the parent plant seem to be the emersed form and they may also gradyually yellow; I think I see a couple already. Not an issue, perfectly natural.

I didn't see any reference in this thread to fertilizers; are you using any, and if yes, which and how often? And is the substrate enriched?
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Old 10-17-2010, 04:00 PM   #32
 
Yes those are Pygmy Chain Swords, and yes the leaves are turning yellow. Will these eventually cover most of the ground? On the recommendation of the LFS I am using Sera Florena Liquid Fertilizer once a week. The soil is not enriched, just decorative gravel. I didn't realize I would be planting my tank but your pics have inspired me. Should I be using the fertilizer more often? I was just following the directions on the bottle. Also, should I go heavier on the planting? I am kinda going for something similar to your tanks.
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Old 10-17-2010, 04:20 PM   #33
 
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the light i have on my tank and have done for over a year is a light you would buy for a unit or cabinet and i just atached it to the hood on my tank (clever and cheap)

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Old 10-17-2010, 07:01 PM   #34
 
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Yes those are Pygmy Chain Swords, and yes the leaves are turning yellow. Will these eventually cover most of the ground? On the recommendation of the LFS I am using Sera Florena Liquid Fertilizer once a week. The soil is not enriched, just decorative gravel. I didn't realize I would be planting my tank but your pics have inspired me. Should I be using the fertilizer more often? I was just following the directions on the bottle. Also, should I go heavier on the planting? I am kinda going for something similar to your tanks.
I would not use any fertilizer more than the amount/frequency given on the label; an excess of some minerals can cause nutrient deficiencies of other minerals. I think you are the first aquarist I've come across who uses the Sera; it is supposed to be a good product, though I have not tried it. I have one store in my area that carries Sera, but they are quite expensive and with my success with Flourish I have not seen a need to change. According to the info on their website, it contains "iron and all minerals and trace elements that are important for plant growth" though they do not list the ingredients (Seachem does for Flourish, I always like products that tell you exactly what is in it). They recommend 5ml per 5g once a week; that is a lot of product compared to Flourish which is 5 ml for 60g once or twice a week. Before you buy more, you might want to compare the cost of Flourish to Sera, recognizing that you would use much less Flourish.

Yes, the chain swords will cover the tank in time; check the photos of my 90g flooded Amazon forest for proof. That took maybe 5 months. I have always found in new tanks that plants like swords seem to take a while to get going, then they go full steam ahead.
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:13 PM   #35
 
Thanks Byron, I went with flourish because that is what the LFS uses. I didn't really compare it to anything else. I will check out Flourish next month. What would make you choose between using Flourish once or twice a week?
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:22 PM   #36
 
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Thanks Byron, I went with flourish because that is what the LFS uses. I didn't really compare it to anything else. I will check out Flourish next month. What would make you choose between using Flourish once or twice a week?
The response of the plants. I have plain gravel, and even with root fertilizer sticks I found that I needed twice weekly Flourish or the larger swords started yellowing. Three times in a year I cut back from twice to once, each time same response--leaves began yellowing within 2-3 weeks. There is no reason to over-fertilize, it wastes the product plus it may be adding more minerals than what is good for the fish, and algae can be troublesome even though that is more from excess light. But the goal is to find that balance between light (intensity and duration) and nutrients to supply what the plants need and can use and keep algae in check. Unfortunately, there is no "formula," since it depends upon the plant species and number, fish species and number, water volume, water parameters (what minerals may or may not be in the tap water), fish foods used, etc; each aquarium can be slightly different.
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