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post #21 of 23 Old 02-15-2010, 04:27 AM Thread Starter
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Nothing needs cutting yet. The largest leaves do have some yellowing on them, and these leaves will die; this is perfectly natural. The new leaves come from the centre of the crown, the crown is the base of the plant where all the leaves come up from next to the gravel. You have some new leaves on these plants, and more will appear. As the older outside leaves yellow, they can be cut off at the base; they will usually break off easily, or use a sharp knife.

You will probably have to get some fertilizer or these plants will not do well. Sword plants are heavy feeders, they need a lot of nutrients to grow. Your tap water may have some minerals in it, and minerals come from the fish foods and fish waste. But these will probably not be enough for the plants. If you let me know what aquarium plant fertilizers are available to you in India, I will do my best to offer suggestions.

Byron.
Thanks sir if i plan on buying a few plant fertilizers for these amazon swords then i will surely let you know. So nothing is to be cut right now. right?
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Thanks sir if i plan on buying a few plant fertilizers for these amazon swords then i will surely let you know. So nothing is to be cut right now. right?
I would wait for more new growth from the centre; then, if the outer older leaves continue to yellow (some are now), they will be dying and can be cut off then.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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I would wait for more new growth from the centre; then, if the outer older leaves continue to yellow (some are now), they will be dying and can be cut off then.
Ok i got it, thanks
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