Stunted Growth...please help

mathman

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I'm having problems with this plant, I'm sorry I do not know the name...even though I think it's melon sword?

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I was told that the plant is able to grow the entire height (21in) of the tank. Nonetheless, it seems that it can't get pass this height (8in)... All new leaves grow up to that height.

What do you guys think is wrong? I do dose EI, I have 110 watts of t5HO.

Thank you
 
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That is a sword. Red rubin I believe. Make sure you are feeding iron rich root tabs every 4 weeks in the substrate by its roots. All swords need lot of iron and they are root feeders



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Gerryd

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Hi,

Are you using c02 or excel at all? EZ carb? Perhaps more EI is in order???

Swords in general tend to be nutrient hogs. Your pic looks suspiciously like e.bleheri, but could be anyone of a # of varieties...So, based on positive id, the height may well be at the max...You can try some root tabs or fertcicles around the swords. I have done this in the past and worked well.

That said, be sure to remove any leaves once they start to melt or decay. They are replaced quickly and will keep the plant looking better.

Hope this helps.
 

mathman

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I'm using pressurized co2 and I'm sure it's getting plenty of it, maybe 6+ drops per second. I already dose extra iron but only in the water column. I have used root tabs before but for some reason it won't grow past that height.

Here's the space I'm trying to fill in with this plant:

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And these are closer shots, hopefully the plant can be identified.

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Thanks for the fast responses.
 

mathman

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Gerryd;85640 said:
Hi,

Your pic looks suspiciously like e.bleheri, but could be anyone of a # of varieties....

Hi Gerry,

This is a sword for sure. The leaves tend to be a brownish color but as they mature they loose the brown and become a bit more green. Is it
E. Osiris?
 
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mathman

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Hi,

I use API Root Tabs. I will use one tab and break it into four parts and place it around the plant. I'll see if this makes a difference if not this plant may have to go.
 
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Htomassini

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I would use two tabs. But from what I can tell you have some bba growing on it. Maybe your co2 levels are not up or you need more circulation too.



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