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Am I Seeing A Micro Deficiency?

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by csmith, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. csmith

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    I just did a big water change, cut off some undergrowth, etc. and these are some leaves from that. Is this a sign of micro deficiency? My two main concerns are the "rippled" effect the leaves have and how they're coming out at an angle. If you note the direction the stems lean, that's actually how they're growing from the plant, in an almost C shape. One of the leaves is twisted around almost 180 degrees. :confused:


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  2. Biollante

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    Nutrient Hog

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    Hi,

    My guess is nutrients including CO2.

    This gal is getting ready for a move to the big time. Echinodorus 'Ozelot' suck up a lot of nutrients, they are nutrient hogs. They love iron they suck up everything.:rolleyes:

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    #2 Biollante, Mar 21, 2010
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  3. csmith

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    Your picture isn't showing. These were some of the lower, older leaves I never pruned before bumping up the ferts and adding Co2 so it makes sense. None of the newer leaves do this, but now I know what to pay attention to. I've got to be pumping twice the normal ferts in there now (wonder who told me to do that ;)), and it seems to be paying off with the newer growth. Once I get a new home for my dwarf frogs I can take the lid off of this tank and start backing the light off to coax these things out of the water.
     
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    Pigs, I say... Pigs!

    Hi,

    As long as those are older leaves, pruning is a good.

    I think one of the hard things for people to get their minds around is that these plants really can suck up the nutrients when they get going and Echinodorus 'Ozelot', Echinodorus spp. I should say are just nutrient pigs, actually, you can get away with lower CO2 with them but not less iron.

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    A couple of Angelfish will be unhappy to see this plant go.

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