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Thread: Amazon swords

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    When my swords were affected from when I replanted them too deep, I noticed the effects WAY more on the new growth, the older growth was slower to show signs.
    70 Gal Planted Rio Negro Angelfish Biotope with:
    1 Whip Tail Pleco
    7 Hatchet fish
    11 Glo Light tetras, 6 Black Skirted Tetras
    6 Bronze Corys
    3 Wild Type Angelfish
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    Giant Amazon Sword, Narrow Leaf Java, Val, moss on driftwood


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    I put some Seacham flourish tabs near the plant roots . I also looked at how deep the swords were planted and they were too deep . I raised them up to just above the roots and I will see how they do . I also going to try liquid fertilizer and see if it helps . I won't get carried away I don't want to over do it . If anyone can suggest what tabs to use it would help me out a lot . Thanks. A lot you guys are great . I will keep you posted .

    Frank

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    As I said, these guys are nutrient hog and especially for iron

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    I have a couple more questions . I am now using Flourish tabs , flourish liquid and flourish iron . I am not over doing it with the liquid because I am using the tabs . I have been using fertilizer for a month now and my plants have perked up and are doing great . The question I have is whenI do a water change once a week ,does it affect the fertilizer strength and should I refertilize after a water change . And does carbon in my filter draw out the fertilizer like it does to some meds that are used for treating fish .

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    Hi, Deercutter. Can't help with the fertilizer, though I too would be interested to know if water changes affect the tab ferts.

    Anyway, I thought I'd chime in here since I took a completely different tack. When I redid my tank last September, I put down about an inch of organic potting soil, a thin layer of bentonite (cheap cat litter) over that, then a couple inches of gravel. It took a month or two, but my sword plants are currently taking over the world. (They'll be invading North Korea any day now--watch for the headlines)

    These things put down some massive root systems, and once they get roots down into the soil, they seem to have all they need. If you ever re-do your tank, it might be worth a shot.

    Good luck!

    Tom
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