Constant Battle With Holes In My Amazon Sword.

Herrwibi

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I'm constantly battling holes in my leafs . I trimmed as much as I could off before introducing it to my tank again with pressurised co2.

I do dose with ferts every 4 days but I think I'm going to go onto daily ferts after I do a large water change to see what happens .

Does anyone have a solution for this ? Also what is your ferts regime?

Thanks .
 

DoubleDutch

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Herrwibi said:
I'm constantly battling holes in my leafs . I trimmed as much as I could off before introducing it to my tank again with pressurised co2.

I do dose with ferts every 4 days but I think I'm going to go onto daily ferts after I do a large water change to see what happens .

Does anyone have a solution for this ? Also what is your ferts regime?

Thanks .
Sid you check nitrates / phosphates. Most ferts lack those.
 

Gourami36

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Herrwibi

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Thunder_o_b

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A potassium deficiency can cause holes in leaves.

I make extensive use of the Seachem line, no Co2.
 
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Herrwibi

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Thunder_o_b said:
A potassium deficiency can cause holes in leaves.

I make extensive use of the Seachem line, no Co2.
What seachem products do you use?

Is there a test kit for Potassium/Nitrates/Phosphates?
 

Thunder_o_b

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Herrwibi said:
What seachem products do you use?

Is there a test kit for Potassium/Nitrates/Phosphates?
Nitrates are in the API master test kit many of us use.

I use Seachem Flourish, potassium, Iron, trace, Equilibrium (for the RO/DI water), and Advance. I also use Excell, but am thinking of backing off of it as there are some plants that I want that do not like it.
 
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Herrwibi

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Thunder_o_b said:
Nitrates are in the API master test kit many of us use.

I use Seachem Flourish, potassium, Iron, trace, Equilibrium (for the RO/DI water), and Advance. I also use Excell, but am thinking of backing off of it as there are some plants that I want that do not like it.
Is it just Seachem Flourish you use or do you have separate ferts for your potassium/iron etc?
 

Thunder_o_b

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Herrwibi said:
Is it just Seachem Flourish you use or do you have separate ferts for your potassium/iron etc?
The ones I listed are separate additives.
 
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Herrwibi

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Thunder_o_b said:
The ones I listed are separate additives.
I'm looking into dry ferts.

2 x 500ml Dosing Bottles with Micro & Macro Labels
1 x 500g Potassium Nitrate
1 x 250g Potassium Phosphate
1 x 500g Magnesium Sulphate
1 x 250g Chelated Trace Elements
1 x "Instruction / Recipe" Sheet

This is what is offers. will this cover everything I need?

I have a low/medium light aquarium with constant co2? Would this be adequate?
 

Thunder_o_b

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Herrwibi said:
I'm looking into dry ferts.

2 x 500ml Dosing Bottles with Micro & Macro Labels
1 x 500g Potassium Nitrate
1 x 250g Potassium Phosphate
1 x 500g Magnesium Sulphate
1 x 250g Chelated Trace Elements
1 x "Instruction / Recipe" Sheet

This is what is offers. will this cover everything I need?

I have a low/medium light aquarium with constant co2? Would this be adequate?
I have no knowledge what so ever of dry ferts.
 

aniroc

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DarkOne

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Are you using root tabs? Swords are heavy root feeders and really don't do well w/o root tabs, even heavy ferts in the water column.
 

Samanthaljay

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aniroc said:
this was the first thing I thought of too as mine apparently loves sucking holes through my sword's leaves
 

-Mak-

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Herrwibi said:
I'm looking into dry ferts.

2 x 500ml Dosing Bottles with Micro & Macro Labels
1 x 500g Potassium Nitrate
1 x 250g Potassium Phosphate
1 x 500g Magnesium Sulphate
1 x 250g Chelated Trace Elements
1 x "Instruction / Recipe" Sheet

This is what is offers. will this cover everything I need?

I have a low/medium light aquarium with constant co2? Would this be adequate?
Check out nilocg, they have dry feet packages that come with a complete EI regimen
 
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Herrwibi

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aniroc said:
Is there a Pleco?
Yes I have 2 BN pleco but they are normally well fed with stuff left in for 24 hours and its never fully eaten. I've always had hole's even before I got my BN pleco though .

-Mak- said:
Check out nilocg, they have dry feet packages that come with a complete EI regimen
I'm worried that using dry ferts when I don't have a high light/ demanding tank will result in a big algae bloom?
 

Samanthaljay

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If it was them you would notice. Mine is ALWAYS on my plant, loves the thing to death (literally) haha. Hopefully the fert suggestions help out. Wish I could be of more help
 

DarkOne

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I have 3 3"+ BNs in 3 different tanks with swords (over 15 swords total) and none of them are hungry enough to eat holes in leaves. I don't think they're capable. I do have a L128 Blue Phantom that definitely eats holes in sword leaves though.

If you don't have root tabs, your swords won't do well. Water column ferts won't help.
 

CandyCane701

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I agree with everyone on the root tabs. You pretty much have to have root tabs with swords.
 

-Mak-

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I disagree, water column ferts definitely do help all submersed plants. Amazon swords can grow perfectly fine with EI water column dosing. Many people do not succeed without root tabs because they don't dose the water column enough.

good example here:
Plant Nutrient Intake
 

Samanthaljay

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would you be able to post a picture so we could see what the holes look like?
 

!poogs!

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I root tab and water column my sword plants. I do the full Seachem flourish line. Swords really need potassium and iron though. Potassium one day followed by iron the next in your scheduling.
 

fa4960

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Herrwibi said:
I'm looking into dry ferts.

2 x 500ml Dosing Bottles with Micro & Macro Labels
1 x 500g Potassium Nitrate
1 x 250g Potassium Phosphate
1 x 500g Magnesium Sulphate
1 x 250g Chelated Trace Elements
1 x "Instruction / Recipe" Sheet

This is what is offers. will this cover everything I need?

I have a low/medium light aquarium with constant co2? Would this be adequate?
Unless you can get a breakdown of the "Chelated Trace elements" it is difficult to say if it covers everything you need? Whether you need "chelated" iron depends on the PH in the tank. Try to read this article about chelated iron:

It is actually fairly easy to get all the individual chemicals you need for either dry dozing or to make a solution. The calculator at rotalabuttefly.com is your friend no matter what method you are looking at.

I have 1 - 2 threads going on my own experiences making DIY solutions with the base chemicals. Fairly easy when you get your head around it and will likely save you some money too. Happy to answer any question you may have if embarking on that route.
 

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