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Red plants without High Light and High co2

Discussion in 'Aquatic Plant Species' started by Rohanz21, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. Rohanz21

    Rohanz21 Junior Poster

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    Is it possible to get red coloration(not deep but descent red)in plants without using high co2 and high light?
     
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    You can try it using low NO3, effectively less than 5 ppm. But thay's awfully close to a deficiency, which will give you other problems.
     
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    Yes, A reineckii has done very well for me in the past in a non CO2 tank.
     
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    @ Dutchy & @Tom

    Actually i have rotala indica which were green initially.Used PMDD(with a bit high phosphate) dosing which resulted in pinkish coloration of the rotala.Meantime i gave diy co2.

    But when i removed the co2 and started to use EI dosing the pinkish coloration faded a bit.

    What you think has actually happened?
     
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    Probably you already had low NO3. When you started to use EI, NO3 levels rose and the plant went green again. Unlike what we like to believe, green is actually a colour that the plant has when it's healthier. Red is a starvation colour ;)
     
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    This was during EI dosing.Presently the color faded.

    I thought red coloration require some special maintenance :p

    Thaty means coloration other than green is the symptom of nutrient deficiency ?

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    Here in Costa Rica most people have non-co2 because regs are unaffordable for most hobbyists, with enough light red plants are red.
     
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    How much and what light(color temp.) you use?
     
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    certain specimens of tiger lotus have a very deep red colouration that isn't mottled with any green. other plants i have seen is ludwiga ovalis, with lower light you'll need the bottom of the stems to be out of view because they'll be straggly
     
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    I have Rotala indicia in my non co2 low light tank and it does great. The tips get the red when they are close to the surface where the light is a bit higher! I have b.l. and n.l. ludwigia also in there and they do great as well.
     
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