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    I second the root tabs! Swords are very heavy root feeders, I give my swords a DIY Osmotote tab or Flourish gravel supplements and they love me for it. Always trim off old leaves that turn transparent or develop holes at the base of the plant, this will stop your plant from trying to correct/repair damaged leaves and put energy into growing new healthy ones. The ferts stay at the substrate for the most part, so less worries about too much ferts in the water to create a potential algae issue.
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    Sorry for the long delay in update but with 2 kids in 2 sports each my time is stretched thin!

    The Flourish seemed to help a little but I think I need root tabs. Not to mention my BN Pleco chews the living crap out of the leaves! Both plants are still alive but not flourishing.
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    I have the same issue in my low TDS Blackwater tank, I don't bother adding any ferts to that tank, but I'm sure a root tab will help a lot. But as Rocksor said, sometimes any given plant will refuse to grow and only cause more issues. I think the reason your crypts have halted in growth is because your sword is stealing all the nutrients (and still is asking for more), they are very very heavy nutrient feeding plants that suck up the most thru their roots.
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    My swords need to eat. No amount of water column ferts keep them completely happy. Mine need their roots fed or they don't thrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnTheFly View Post
    My swords need to eat. No amount of water column ferts keep them completely happy. Mine need their roots fed or they don't thrive.
    Thanks OTF, I'm going to pick up some root tabs on my next trip to the LFS. If they work then I'll make my own.
    * 100gal show
    - planted w/ Crypts, Vals, Java Fern, Staurogyne repens and Amazon Swords
    - Neons, 4 Angelfish, Sunset Honey Gourami, BN Pleco, Spotted Sailfin
    Pleco, Odessa Barbs, Corydoras schwartzi, Serpae Tetras, Silver tip tetras
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    So I picked up some Seachem root tabs from my LFS about 1 month ago......WOW, what a difference in the swords! They've doubled in size. I'm still using the liquid fert in the water column but not as much. All of my plants are thriving now. Thanks OnTheFly for finally pushing me to get the tabs! LOL
    * 100gal show
    - planted w/ Crypts, Vals, Java Fern, Staurogyne repens and Amazon Swords
    - Neons, 4 Angelfish, Sunset Honey Gourami, BN Pleco, Spotted Sailfin
    Pleco, Odessa Barbs, Corydoras schwartzi, Serpae Tetras, Silver tip tetras
    * Fluval Spec V
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    Flourish root tabs are the best for swords, they are heavy root feeders. Glad to read all is going well for you and your plants.
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    I'm glad to hear it too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boundava View Post
    Flourish root tabs are the best for swords, they are heavy root feeders. Glad to read all is going well for you and your plants.
    That's what I purchased.... Seachem Flourish Tabs.

    After the initial signs of improvement, they've regressed to what they were but continue to grow new leaves.... BUT the older leaves die off just as fast as the new ones come in. IDK what else to do as they won't die off completely but also won't grow past 3" high before the leaves die off. I've read that swords love iron but haven't found anything I can add to the substrate that contains high levels of iron. Maybe I'll put a piece of raw iron under their roots, lol.
    * 100gal show
    - planted w/ Crypts, Vals, Java Fern, Staurogyne repens and Amazon Swords
    - Neons, 4 Angelfish, Sunset Honey Gourami, BN Pleco, Spotted Sailfin
    Pleco, Odessa Barbs, Corydoras schwartzi, Serpae Tetras, Silver tip tetras
    * Fluval Spec V
    - Dwarf Gourami, , 1 Kuhli loach, 2 Black Phantom Tetras
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    I'd say my Amazon swords have about 7-10 leaves each. I'm pruning old leaves at least weekly. I think it's advised to add a new tab every 6-12 months, I add more when the plant looks like it needs a boost, probably every 8 months. Maybe try splitting the Seachem tabs in two if it seems the growth is too much at first. API makes a tab that contains iron.
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