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Blaxicanlatino 02-21-2009 12:17 PM

Tranparent Amazon sword.
I have an amazon sword in my 10 gallon tank that been there for months but im having alot of trouble with it. The leaves are yellowing and turnning trasnparent. Many bew leaves are growing deformed like. Its now getting green spots along the leaves. WHats causing this>? THe lighting is 2 compact flurescent light bulbs (one bulb being 13 watts where the other is 12 watts) temp is 75-84 degrees F. HArd water, Ph= 6.8. DIY c02 injection. I use seachem root tabs and seachem FLourish. I put 4 tabs around the sword but still have no luck. What am i doing wrong? I dont think theres anything picking at the plant. THeres only malyasian trumpet snails, dwarf platys, neon tetras and ghost shrimp. thank you

SST 02-25-2009 09:18 AM

Is that the right lighting for them? I ask because I put some in my tank and then learned I had a low light tank after they started to look bad. They eventually died off, similar to the way yours are doing now. I don't know enough about lighting requirements, just enough to know that my lights fall in the low light category and the amazon swords fall into the "high" light category.

Blaxicanlatino 02-25-2009 09:28 AM

i dont know. I thought 2 watts per gallon was considered high lighting. Perhaps my bulb spectrum isnt good

Neah84 02-25-2009 01:18 PM

2 watts per gallon isn't high lighting. high lighting is usually around 3+ watts per gallon.

My swords I have are doing fine so far and I have about 2 watts per gallon.

What is your bulb spectrum anyways? for good plant growth it should be around 6500-6700 k 6700k is preferred. Also make sure that you are running Freshwater daylight not just standard bulbs. :)

How long are your lights on each day too?

Blaxicanlatino 02-25-2009 01:22 PM

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I dont know the spectrum but im going to get more bulbs soon. The bulbs are compact flurescent light bulbs that i leave on for 6 hours a day.

Neah84 02-25-2009 01:30 PM

I am assuming by the photo that the bulbs screw in right? if so look at possibly getting something like this.

Small Aquarium Lighting: Mini Compact Bulbs

Look at the Coralife Colormax. It is the 6700k daytime compact florescent light. Your plant may just need a bulb upgrade.

Avoid the 10,000k bulb if possible.

Blaxicanlatino 02-25-2009 01:36 PM

aw i see. Shouldnt i go with full spectrum rather than 6700?

Neah84 02-25-2009 01:44 PM

10,000k bulbs tend to be hotter and could "melt" some of the plants. I am not 100% sure why, but alot of people that I know that do planted aquascaping all go for the 6700k instead of the 10,000k they say its too strong. You arent giving up the watts at all. I have a 10,000k and a daytime light in mine, but I am switching over to 2 6700 this weekend. :) Someone that knows way mroe about lighting then I do should hopefully respond and help out more then I can. I am still learning my light system.

Blaxicanlatino 02-25-2009 02:13 PM

you helped alot though :Dj im going to check my petstore to see if they have those bulbs

Neah84 02-25-2009 02:25 PM

Good luck :) Hope your plant makes it. Every tank and plant is different but I leave my light on for 8 hours a day. might want to extend it an hour and see if the extra light helps it alittle.

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