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Old 05-04-2012, 04:17 PM   #11
 
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All it needs is potassium... How much potassium do those root tabs have in them? (Might be listed as potassium or "K")?

Easiest non-green plant I know of is Crypt Wendtii and maybe red root floaters... Ludwigea Repens is also easy if you have enough light.
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:34 PM   #12
 
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All it needs is potassium... How much potassium do those root tabs have in them? (Might be listed as potassium or "K")?

Easiest non-green plant I know of is Crypt Wendtii and maybe red root floaters... Ludwigea Repens is also easy if you have enough light.
I use seacham root tabs. And I just looked around on there website, the package itself doesn't say anything about potassium. But after reading through some questions sent in to seacham I came across a seacham tech saying this:

"Both the Flourish and Flourish Tabs do contain potassium in the form of soluble potash. Potash is the common name for various mined and manufactured salts that contain potassium in water-soluble form. However, keep in mind that in some cases you may need to add in an additional potassium supplement, depending on the utilization ratios in your tank."

If need be I do have some dry ferts, KNO3 and KH2PO4. I would like to stay away from using these as I don't have enough knowledge to make sure I'm using the correct amount to not mess my tank up.
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:42 PM   #13
 
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it's impossible to overdose potassium. (within reason, don't add 3 pounds to a 10G tank.)
1/4 tsp per ten gallons is perfectly safe. After 2 months, if new leaves (new growth only- leaves won't heal.) don't appear healthy, add 1/2 tsp per 10g. (of the KNo4)
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:25 PM   #14
 
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If you are looking for a bit of color in a lower light tank, try one of these Planted Aquariums Central, Plant, Nymphaea stellata, Dwarf Lily

I also like those because they are just a bit different in the tank. Not everyone has them, and It just adds a different feel. Mine stays pretty red also and it is well shaded where I have it. It is a Dwarf-Lily plant Nymphaea Stellata
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:27 PM   #15
 
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it's impossible to overdose potassium. (within reason, don't add 3 pounds to a 10G tank.)
1/4 tsp per ten gallons is perfectly safe. After 2 months, if new leaves (new growth only- leaves won't heal.) don't appear healthy, add 1/2 tsp per 10g. (of the KNo4)
I'm guessing just once a week? And should I just dump it in, or take a glass of tank water and put it in that to let dissolve then add it to the tank?

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If you are looking for a bit of color in a lower light tank, try one of these Planted Aquariums Central, Plant, Nymphaea stellata, Dwarf Lily

I also like those because they are just a bit different in the tank. Not everyone has them, and It just adds a different feel. Mine stays pretty red also and it is well shaded where I have it. It is a Dwarf-Lily plant Nymphaea Stellata
I like that, I'll have to see if it's on my dealers list. I also like the Ludwigia Repens that redchigh mentioned.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:54 PM   #16
 
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I second the dwarf lilies and any of the various red species of crypt. I've had good luck with both in the past and I never put any real thought into special lighting until recently.

Anyway, hope the potassium fixes the problem you're having with the sword. I had an amazon sword sort of disintegrate in the centers before, leaving behind the sort of latticework of veins. I can't really tell from the picture if you're having the same problem or not, but a cheap iron/potassium supplement cleared it right up for me.

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