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aDDanDrew replied the topic: Re: Brown spots on leaves

My Amazon swords are doing the same thing. What I'll do is rip and cut out the brown ones and leave the healthy ones. Weird thing is, the new ones that sprout are starting to turn brown...I was thinking about trying that nail thing but imo the rust might poison the water. I'm gonna try some of that root feeder and see if that will help.
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WylDe Billy replied the topic: Re: Brown spots on leaves

swords need good substrate

i would take Graeme76 and get those root tabs
i heard api was the best
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Graeme76 replied the topic: Re: Brown spots on leaves

Well if you only have Swords then you don't need to use the Flourish Comprehensive liquid, just go with some tabs. I suspect part of the problem is also lack of light. 60w of T8 over 50gal isn't much at all & your Swords would do much better if you added even just another 30w of T8. I would increase the light intensity but still stay below 2wpg so you don't need to worry about co2 enrichment. If you do replace the fixture or add another fixture please keep in mind that the WPG rule does not apply to T5HO, T5NO, CFL or any other type of lighting. The WPG rule ONLY applies to T12 & T8 flouros.

If you want some more variety in plants you could try growing Java Fern & Anubius species in terracota pots filled with large chunks of crushed lava rock. Both of those are tough, low light species that shouldn't require any additional fertilizers. Fish wastes should be enough for them & the pots will stop the Oscar doing too much damage. Would still pay to get the plants established in the pots in another tank if that is possible as the O will probably try to rip them out & will succeed if the plants havn't attached themselves properly. Water Sprite & Cryptocoryne Wendtii could also be worth a try.

I hope that helps.
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larch replied the topic: Re: Brown spots on leaves

Graeme76 wrote: Well if you only have Swords then you don't need to use the Flourish Comprehensive liquid, just go with some tabs.


You see I have been looking into this on the internet and everywhere else and I am getting conflicting reports: www.thekrib.com/Plants/Fertilizer/roots.html#0 While other people say Amazons take nutrients from both the water column and their roots.

Graeme76 wrote: I suspect part of the problem is also lack of light. 60w of T8 over 50gal isn't much at all & your Swords would do much better if you added even just another 30w of T8. I would increase the light intensity but still stay below 2wpg so you don't need to worry about co2 enrichment. If you do replace the fixture or add another fixture please keep in mind that the WPG rule does not apply to T5HO, T5NO, CFL or any other type of lighting. The WPG rule ONLY applies to T12 & T8 flouros.


You see before I turned it into an Oscar setup it was a community tank with about a dozen or more different plants in it and it was doing fine so I doubt it is the lighting though. I only recently ran into this problem and according to this chart it has something to do with a deficieny of sorts:

Graeme76 wrote: Fish wastes should be enough for them & the pots will stop the Oscar doing too much damage. Would still pay to get the plants established in the pots in another tank if that is possible as the O will probably try to rip them out & will succeed if the plants havn't attached themselves properly. Water Sprite & Cryptocoryne Wendtii could also be worth a try.


He was raised with plants since he was a tiny finger ling so he does not even give the plants a 2nd look so that should not even be an issue.

Graeme76 wrote: I hope that helps.


Yeah thanks it gave me some good ideas.
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larch replied the topic: Re: Brown spots on leaves

More up to date images of my plants, excuse the yellow water treating my fish for a fungal infection:
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RoxyTheDog replied the topic: Re: Brown spots on leaves

Nice!
Every time i see pics of the terracotta pots i think i`m going to go buy some and try that but haven`t done it yet haha
Looks great :)

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RoxyTheDog wrote: Nice!
Every time i see pics of the terracotta pots i think i`m going to go buy some and try that but haven`t done it yet haha
Looks great :)


Well if they die now after spending so much on two different sets of tabs and water fertilizer I am going to buy fake plants you can spot a mile away lol.
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bassetman replied the topic: Re: Brown spots on leaves

I have killed every plant I've tried....Plastic you just can't kill it. ;)


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bassetman wrote: I have killed every plant I've tried....Plastic you just can't kill it. ;)


Aahah well I have never killed my plants I just never actually put any effort into them until now. I just left them alone and they usually just did well on their own.
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larch replied the topic: Re: Brown spots on leaves

All of my Amazon swords are sprouting these runners so I am guessing they are doing well:
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