Melon Sword Deficiency

  1. leftswerve

    leftswerve Well Known Member Member

    I'm a bit concerned about the curly leaves. Anyone else concerned?
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  2. bryangar

    bryangar Well Known Member Member

    Did you barely get the sword?
     
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    leftswerve

    leftswerve Well Known Member Member

    It was in my other tank 2 ish years, moved to this tank 3 ish months.
     




  4. d

    danhutchins Valued Member Member

    Has it always been that small? If so I'm surprised its lasted that long. This is my melon sword after about 1 year.
    Has it always been that small? If so I'm surprised its lasted that long. This is my melon sword after about 1 year. 1527440870816.jpg
     
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    leftswerve

    leftswerve Well Known Member Member

    Pretty much.
     
  6. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

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    leftswerve

    leftswerve Well Known Member Member

    Osmecote tabs, liquid potassium, iron, and trace weekly. To slow this down some. It is at a depth of 24"
     
  8. d

    danhutchins Valued Member Member

    I almost can't believe you had it for 2 years... if you truly have had it that long props for keeping it alive that long. But in all seriousness are you fertilizing or using root tabs? The root tabs would get this plant going much better than it is as long as its growth hasn't been stunted.
     
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    leftswerve

    leftswerve Well Known Member Member

    Lol, I've had it that long. Notice the red color? That doesn't happen by itself. Maybe it just needs more ferts.
     
  10. bryangar

    bryangar Well Known Member Member

    Same here. I had one for a year in my 20 and it grew too big I had to take it out.
     
  11. d

    danhutchins Valued Member Member

    What ferts are you using?
     
  12. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    With such a deep tank, your lighting may not be enough. It sounds like you're fertilizing enough.
     
  13. d

    danhutchins Valued Member Member

    Ok I see now. I agree with the above post it could be lighting. What type of light do you have??
     
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    smee82 Fishlore VIP Member

    I agree it sounds like an issue with your lighting
     
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    leftswerve

    leftswerve Well Known Member Member

    Ok, maybe. I was hoping magnesium or something. I thought the red in the leaves indicated lights were in the ballpark. Thanks
     
  16. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    The red could be from the iron though. Just spitballing ideas. It does look small for being over two years old, and deep tanks are harder to light.
     
  17. d

    danhutchins Valued Member Member

    What light are you using?
     
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    leftswerve

    leftswerve Well Known Member Member

    4 x 36" led 6500k, can't fit more, not quite ready to upgrade, tank is 40" x 20",
    My real concern is the crumple curl in the leaves.
     
  19. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    What brand is the light?
     
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    leftswerve

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