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Old 04-02-2012, 10:35 PM   #1 
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Amazon Sword Question

Hey guys,

I have a new Amazon Sword in my 10 gallon but it looks unhealthy. Everyday it seems to get more yellow-ish leaves and spots. What am I doing wrong? Am I suppose to give it something? Its sitting in about 2 - 2.5 inches of gravel and has about 13 hours of light everyday.

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Old 04-02-2012, 10:45 PM   #2 
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Is the light coming from daylight bulbs?

Are you fertilizing at all?
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:01 PM   #3 
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What kind of lightbulbs?

You may have the wrong lightbulbs I think.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:02 PM   #4 
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They are just the lightbulbs that are in the hood of the fishtank and no fertilizer.. should I be fertilizing? The pet store people said nothing about it but I looked up Amazon Sword and it said something about fertilization... Im obviously a first-time live plant owner.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:05 PM   #5 
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They are just the lightbulbs that are in the hood of the fishtank and no fertilizer.. should I be fertilizing? The pet store people said nothing about it but I looked up Amazon Sword and it said something about fertilization... Im obviously a first-time live plant owner.
Yeah most hoods comes with incandescent bulbs, they can't sustain plant life.

So that's probably your problem.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:14 PM   #6 
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I believe they need root tabs for fertilizer
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:17 PM   #7 
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Okay, what would be a better light for the plants and where can I get them? and where are root tabs? Please explain
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:21 PM   #8 
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6500k fluorescent bulbs would be the best.

Also root tabs are fertilizers that you place in your substrate, the strengthens the roots of plants and give them extra nutrients.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:24 PM   #9 
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Okay and is that like fertilizer?
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:30 PM   #10 
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Okay and is that like fertilizer?
Yep, it is.

I have some swords in my tank but I don't use root tabs only liquid fertilizers and they do fine, so it's up to you.

But I am picking up some root tabs soon, I want healthy strong roots!
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