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taylor13 06-29-2012 01:56 PM

Dieing Plants :l
So recently all of my swords have started dieing. I have only had them for a few weeks, but until now they have been fine. I would ever go as far to say thriving. With new leaves comming up every few days. About a week ago i got some root tabs. And that is when their health started to decline. Now i have a rotting leaf per day. I have iron rich ferts, and iron rich tabs. I dont know what is happening. Also about three days ago i put an air bubbler in. As i thought the power would be off the next day and wanted as much oxygen in the water as possible. But the power stayed on. Soooooo. Help?:(
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Phillip J 06-29-2012 02:29 PM

I hear adding bubbles to a planted tank removes CO2 from the water ,and maybe this caused it? If you think you might loose power there really isen't much you can do. A friend told me that she "sturs" her tank with a large wooden spoon if power is lost for over a hour. Not so shure about that method so I normaly leave them alone ,and that seems to work for me.

taylor13 06-29-2012 02:47 PM

*huff* ok thanks.
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eug 06-29-2012 03:06 PM

A bubbler isn't going to kill your plants overnight, if ever at all. Post a picture maybe - the thing with swords is that when you buy them from the store, they have terrestrial leaves because the plants are mass grown in emersed conditions, as opposed to immersed underwater. So, once you put them in the tank, the plant switches from above water to under water mode, and sheds its emersed leaf growth and replaces them with new immersed growth. So, that might be what's happening.

taylor13 06-29-2012 03:13 PM

I cant post a picture because im on my phone.. But that may be it. It is only the tall leaves so far.
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eug 06-29-2012 03:19 PM

What is the exact species of plant? Is it an amazon sword?

taylor13 06-29-2012 05:59 PM

im not sure. When i got it from petco it said bleheri.. Or something of the sorts.. I think it is an amazon sword. As it is tall and has small circular leaves in the stems. The stems also get red under the right conditions.
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Boredomb 06-29-2012 06:05 PM

How many weeks have you had these plants? It could be the that it is just emersed leaves dying as has been mentioned. You said you have seen new growth have you noticed the new leaves dieing? What type of root types are they? Can you give a name? Do you add any other types of fertilizers if so what?

taylor13 06-29-2012 11:32 PM

I don't think any new leaves are dieing. But it is hard to tell because there are a lot of somewhat tangled leaves. The root tabs i use are api root tabs with extra iron. And the ferts i use are nitrafin plant grow. This basically the only thing my lfs carries plant wise.
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Boredomb 06-29-2012 11:55 PM

My thoughts on this is that its not emersed leaves dieing. I think in this case the problem is your root tablets. Too much iron can be a bad thing and cause other issue for your plants which is what I believe is what you are seeing now. Just my thoughts on this but wait for others who have more experience on the matter as they can give a better answer then I.
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