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Tetrabetta12 10-31-2012 10:10 PM

Amazon sword turning brown
Hello, i just recently bought an amazon sword for my tank but it is starting to turn brown. Is it normal for plants to turn a little brown when being moved to different tanks due to the stress? The tank is fully cycled although i have not added any fertilizers to the tank. It is planted in a gravel substrate. It is also wrinkling a bit. What do i need to do to make it healthy? Thanks.

Tetrabetta12 10-31-2012 10:16 PM

The lighting is Dual 10amp Fluorescence with full spectrums. The tank is a 10 gallon and my water perimeters are dead on. The lights are on 12-14 hours a day and is only a week old.

Boredomb 10-31-2012 10:18 PM

I would get some fertilizer for sure but can you post a pic of the plant and the leaves that are turning brown?
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Boredomb 10-31-2012 10:21 PM

Most swords are grown emersed to speed up the growth of them. Then are sold before they have time to form submerged leaves. During this process they will lose their leaves and grow new ones but this might not be the case. Its very easy to tell with a pic though.
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Tetrabetta12 11-01-2012 06:51 AM

OK i will have a pic up later today! :-)

Tetrabetta12 11-01-2012 06:53 AM

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Alrighty here is the pic! As you can see there is some browning of the leaves and it is starting to wrinkle some.

Boredomb 11-01-2012 09:18 AM

That's not a Amazon sword. It looks more like a type of cryptocoryne. Maybe Crypt Wendtii? Did you buy this plant from a store? Either way crypts are notorious about melting when they get moved from tanks. You can read more about crypt melt in the profile section on the top of the forum under Tropical fish profiles. Look under the plant section any of the crypts you select talk about the "melt".

Tetrabetta12 11-01-2012 09:26 AM

Yeah i was noticing a big difference while looking at pictures lol I read up some on "melting" and it seems that light and water parameters can induce that problem. But i didn't see any reports of the leaves turning brown. They would either melt away in a day or two after being planted and i have had this plant for about 4 days now. They also said they would turn clear and its having neither of these problems. Its just turning brown and wrinkly. It was originally in a tank at the pet store and it was not very well lit. The tank it has now is very well lit and i saw that it can be the problem. If it helps its in a tank with 5 neons and 3 silver tip tetras.

Boredomb 11-01-2012 09:35 AM

I have had crypts in my tank for a week or more before they decided to melt. Also I have had the leaves turn brown like that before they did. The whole plant could melt or just some of the leaves btw. I would just watch it. Any dead leaves that can easy come off I would remove them. This can be done with the siphon during water changes. Other then that don't really mess with it till it is done melting and has establish again. I would still get some root tablets and a liquid fertilizer for it.

Tetrabetta12 11-01-2012 10:33 AM

Alright, its only a few of its leaves that might have to be cut, The stem of the plant is looking healthy. I think it will survive. I plan on buying under root fertilizer tablets to give it more nourishment. Thanks Boredomb!! :)

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