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Old 03-23-2020, 10:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I have a standard 30 gal with finnex planted +cc which was set on max setting for 9 hours daily. I recently switched to 50% of the max setting 2 days ago to see if my plants would grow better. I’m mostly interested in growing swords. I have Ozelot and fertilize with nilocG tabs and have eco complete substrate. The ozelot is healthy with good roots. It has been in the tank over 1 year. It shoots out new leaves with nice coloration. The issue is the plant stays really short and the leaves are wavy. I have not run water chemistries for a while but can if requested. Any recs would be helpful. Thank you. Pictures to be posted in a few days.
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Welcome to APC! Sword plants are usually easy to grow well, so much so that they become far too big for most tanks. Seeing pictures of the tank will make it easier for someone to suggest what you can try.
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Here are the pics, leaves look healthy to me other than the fact that I think the plant should be much taller and robust by now.
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Here are the pics, leaves look healthy to me other than the fact that I think the plant should be much taller and robust by now.
The two biggest things I fould with Sword plants are fertilizing the roots with an iron rich root fertilizer and providing enough quality light.

Just looking at the picture I see hair algea growing on the plant. This is usually an abundance of fertilizer in the water, excessive light (especially in the red spectrum) or both.

I would keep the light at the 50% level your presently running. Start doing 20% water changes daily for two weeks without adding any liquid fertilizers. If you do not see the Algae slowing down start reducing the on time cycle of the lights. But still use a rood fertilizer weekly.
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Thank you for taking the time to reply. The recent hair algae outbreak was because i recently replenished the root tabs in the entire tank. Overall, it's only on a few tips of the sword leaves, in general the leaves are clean and should not be obstructed from receiving light. From my understanding NilocG root tabs are some of the best out there, if you see a deficiency in them regarding supplements that Swords need please let me know. Prior to the replenishment of root tabs I was not dosing liquid ferts because my understanding was that crypts and swords hardly take much from the water column. That being said, I significantly increased by plant load by adding floaters, hornwort, and H.Diff. to take up the nutrients in the water column. Once algae under control I will dose the water column with the seachem line recommended schedule. I have also indeed done several water changes at this point, there is still a small level of hair algae there but no new growth that im noticing.
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