amazon swords turing brown

  1. fishingman001

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    I have had these plants for a couple months and I just noticed this brown color. It almost looks like they are burnt.
     

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    Do you use any fertilizers? Swords are root feeders. My swords have done well with root tabs. I believe the yellowing leaves are an iron deficiency.
     


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    usually the swords need a loosely planted subtrate, iron supplements, and do better in soft water...

    is this in your con tank? they will nip at it and uproot it often so maybe they are the culprits? are the plants new? it sometimes takes them time to adjust as well as fish...what wattage and how long do you leave lights on per day?
     
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    i don't use any fertilizers. the plants have been in there for a couple months. i have 2 15w florescent lights over the tank that are on about 10hrs a day.
     
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    If you're not using Fluorite or EcoComplete substrate, then get the Flourish Tabs available at any fish stores (PetSmart has them).
     
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    how often would i have to replace the tabs? should i cut off the leaves that look dead/going to die?
     
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    They only need replaced every 2-3 months. They are about $8 for 10 of them. The box says to put in one tab every few inches but I just push them into the gravel around my plants.

    Definitely snip off the dead leaves. The plant won't repair them and with them gone it can focus its energy on producing new leaves.
     
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    ok. thanks.
     
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    thanks for the link.

    i bought pea gravel from Lowes even though it looks bigger than pea gravel.
     


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    Does the pea gravel alter your ph?
     
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    No pea gravel is inert.
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    well my ph is about 6.4 (sometimes it looks lower) so i believe so but it could just be my normal ph since the tank has been set up for a while. i was thinking about trying to find crushed coral to bring it up but i don't want to shock my fish or fry.

    this is what i found on the petsmart site: http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2753407&lmdn=Fish

    if that is good i can pick some up tomorrow.
     
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    I had some swords do the same thing shortly after putting them in a tank. Are the leaves that are turning brown the same shape as the other leaves? On mine I had shorter rounder leaves and a planted tank expert explained to me that leaves that initially grew emersed (out of the water) will be shorter and rounder and the leaves that started to grow submersed (completely under the water) will be longer and narrower. I checked and sure enough I had two different shapes of leaves on my plant and the shorter rounder ones died and the longer skinnier ones grew, and new leaves are longer skinnier shaped.
     
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    yeah they are all the same shape.
     
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    Those look good!
     
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    Interesting.
     
  18. Nate McFin

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    Very good point to bring up!
     
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    great thread, i have a few amazon swords, great looking plant i think, are they on the easier side of care?
     
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    i have the same situation with my sword, im a planning to get some tabs or fertilizer. since im new to the planting experience, when one talks about cutting the brown leaves does it mean just the leaf or does that include the stem its growing on?