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Amazon Swordplant problem

Discussion in 'Planted Aquariums' started by Harold Petrak, Nov 2, 2018.

  1. Harold Petrak

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    I have had these amazon sword plants in my 50 gal aquarium for 5 years. There are 4 of them 3 which came about because of runners approx. 3 yrs ago. Until a few months ago they flourished. Then I noticed holes in some of the leaves and some leaves looked translucent. I removed the plecostomus catfish from the tank,trimmed the damaged leaves and replanted. There are still some holes in some of the leaves and the plants do not have the vigorous growth they had in the past. PH--6.8 no nitrates--ammonia level basically nil.

    15 gal water change weekly, add flourish liquid with water changes and flourish root tabs every 4th water change.
    3 Large angel fish--3 Large Bala Sharks--4albino corys (med) and 2 melanistus corys (small)


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    Harold, welcome.

    That's a lot of amazon swords for a 50g. I have just one in my 55g and I've had to drastically trim it back or would have taken over most of the tank.

    IMO, 15gal per week is not enough water being changed. Do you have a read for GH and KH relative to your tap water? I'm wondering if some water parameter(s) have shifted to the point these plants can't deal with it well?
     
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    I appreciate your input. I will try removing all but one of the sword plants, and step up my water changes. I do not use tap water. I buy purified water from a machine at my local grocery store. Any thoughts on the holes in the leaves????
     
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    Is this water RO/DI water?
     
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    Are the affected leaves (translucent and /or holes) new or old leaves?
    What is the co2 level?
     
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    NOT REALLY TRANSLUCENT--NO IDEA OF Co2 LEVEL
     
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    YES
     
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    Unless you're adding minerals and nutrients back in, you don't want to use straight reverse osmosis, de-ionized water. It's got nothing in it to sustain plants.
     
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    I ADD flourish LIquid and every 4th water change flourish tabs. The water comes from a dispenser at my Local WALMART or Publix. The aquarium water is not hard and the PH hovers around 6.8. When I do the changes I also add Aqua Safe to the new water.
    If you think it might help, I can use tap water, It runs through a softener that uses salt.
    they grew like weeds for 3/4 years and now they seem to be in remission.
    I also have a buffer in the filter to maintain the PH. (Crushed Coral) small amount.
    It is in a well lit room and gets artificial light 3-4 hrs in the evening.
    When I was a kid I had a tank that my grandfather made me, about 45/50 gallons.
    The plants grew like weeds, don't ever remember doing water changes just adding water from evaporation. Incandescent bulbs. Hey enough of my blabbing, thanks for answering my post.
     

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