Amazom sword not doing well...
I have 2 amazon sword plants that are starting to discolor. They are turning brown/yellow and some parts are even transparent - looking glassy. They are also no more than 6 inches in length.
They are in a 10 gallon tank with 3 RES turtles that are no more than 1.5 inches of shell. The tank has a UVA/UVB 50watt lamp (providing light and heat). There is no substrate that I am aware of.. I just use river stones. I've had the tank for a little over 2 weeks now.
I have no CO2 or water parameter knowledge. I am not using any type of CO2. I keep trying to read up on this stuff but I really have no understanding of it or any idea of what to do.
I would appreciate some advice and help. I hope this won't cost a lot...
Use root fertilizer tabs with iron. They need iron.
swords are big time root absorbers so a good substrate is key.
im also going to guess your light is not sufficient, as the leaves are loosing chlorophyl by browning and becoming transparent.
on a side note a 10 gallon tank is ABSOLUTELY to small for 3 RES, let alone 1. Please build them a suitable habbitat.
Actually, I'll be picking up a 100 gallon this Sunday to move the turtles into. I would like to put some amazon sword in there too since the turtles really like to eat it. But I'm concerned about the extra costing it'll add up to... Like I don't know how much CO2 will cost or the other necessities. Like I understand that lighting will change for a 100 gallon...
As for plant care, do I cut and dispose the leaves that aren't look well or can I leave them?
you can prob. get away without c02. i would get get a decent light and substrate.
yes, you can snip the browned out leaves as close to the rhizome as possible
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