02-14-2010, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Byron
A good liquid fertilizer will suffice if you can't get substrate tabs/sticks. I don't know what may be available to you, but my recommended fertilizers are:
Kent Freshwater Plant (liquid)
Nutrafin's Plant-Gro (liquid and sticks)
And of course the Seachem Flourish Comprehensive Supplement (liquid) or root tabs, but you say you can't get Seachem.
If you have something other than the above available, and can send me the full name including manufacturer, I may be able to track down info and offer advice on it's probable usefulness. Not all fertilizers work, or are good for aquaria.
By the way, the two plants are Echinodorus but I don't think they are E. bleheri. They look more like E. cordifolius or E. macrophyllus. The leaves on them now will yellow and die, they should be cut off when they start yellowing provided new growth is emerging from the centre of the crown. When the new leaves get about half as tall as the current leaves, it is OK to remove the current leaves (assuming they are then yellowing). This present growth is emersed growth; nurseries grow the plants emersed because it is quicker and less expensive. Swords are bog plants that live half the year emersed (roots in water as in a marsh) and half submersed. The leaf forms of each differ, so when planted permanently underwater the emersed leaves will die off and new growth will be the submersed form; the leaves will be quite different in shape and texture. That's why it can be tricky identifying species; they can look completely unrelated in some species.
sir right now i am not planning on using any fertilizers. thanks a lot for the detailed reply but as i am a novice in using live plants so sir i would like to put up a question. Some points which you have stated could not be understood by me so i would like to ask you in short that looking at the present condition of my plants what all do you suggest me to do with the plants so that i can make them grow and which all portions and where all do i need to cut the plant?