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Old 21-02-2003, 11:42 AM
LeighMo
 
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It's been about 3-4 weeks since I planted them in my tank
(37G with 55W CF. tad on the low side). all my new leaves of the amazons
look somewhat translucent. Is this normal? or is it missing some
nutrients?


It's normal for new leaves to be translucent, but they should darken as they
mature and get bigger.

Amazon swords like to be fed through their roots, so you might want to give
them a Flourish tab and a little piece of Jobe's spike once in awhile.

my tank is very soft (based on city water info), and alkaline (pH~8
according to my LFS.


That's odd. Soft water is usually acid, hard water is usually alkaline.


Leigh

http://www.fortunecity.com/lavender/halloween/881/

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Old 21-02-2003, 11:42 AM
LeighMo
 
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It's been about 3-4 weeks since I planted them in my tank
(37G with 55W CF. tad on the low side). all my new leaves of the amazons
look somewhat translucent. Is this normal? or is it missing some
nutrients?


It's normal for new leaves to be translucent, but they should darken as they
mature and get bigger.

Amazon swords like to be fed through their roots, so you might want to give
them a Flourish tab and a little piece of Jobe's spike once in awhile.

my tank is very soft (based on city water info), and alkaline (pH~8
according to my LFS.


That's odd. Soft water is usually acid, hard water is usually alkaline.


Leigh

http://www.fortunecity.com/lavender/halloween/881/
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Old 21-02-2003, 07:48 PM
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Hello,

"LeighMo" wrote in message
It's normal for new leaves to be translucent, but they should darken as

they
mature and get bigger.

Amazon swords like to be fed through their roots, so you might want to

give
them a Flourish tab and a little piece of Jobe's spike once in awhile.


ok. I'll do that and hope it does darken.

my tank is very soft (based on city water info), and alkaline (pH~8
according to my LFS.


That's odd. Soft water is usually acid, hard water is usually alkaline.


I know. We think that the water department is artificially changing just
the pH to preserve the pipeline, or something. Once I get my pH test kits,
I'll be monitoring pH at different time of day/week to see how badly they
fluctuate over the course of the week/day (longer the water sits around in
the pipe, the lower the pH, probably.. so sunday and saturday mornings may
have lower pH while weekday mornings, pH may be high since everybody will
be taking showers and the water doesn't stay stangnat long)...

does alkaline water hurt the swords? I have sof****er fish, so I probably
won't be changing the hardness that it is, but have wondered if I should
buffer it... but if I can get away without buffering (makes water change
more labor intensive) I'd like to opt for that...

linda


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linda mar
 
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Hello,

"LeighMo" wrote in message
It's normal for new leaves to be translucent, but they should darken as

they
mature and get bigger.

Amazon swords like to be fed through their roots, so you might want to

give
them a Flourish tab and a little piece of Jobe's spike once in awhile.


ok. I'll do that and hope it does darken.

my tank is very soft (based on city water info), and alkaline (pH~8
according to my LFS.


That's odd. Soft water is usually acid, hard water is usually alkaline.


I know. We think that the water department is artificially changing just
the pH to preserve the pipeline, or something. Once I get my pH test kits,
I'll be monitoring pH at different time of day/week to see how badly they
fluctuate over the course of the week/day (longer the water sits around in
the pipe, the lower the pH, probably.. so sunday and saturday mornings may
have lower pH while weekday mornings, pH may be high since everybody will
be taking showers and the water doesn't stay stangnat long)...

does alkaline water hurt the swords? I have sof****er fish, so I probably
won't be changing the hardness that it is, but have wondered if I should
buffer it... but if I can get away without buffering (makes water change
more labor intensive) I'd like to opt for that...

linda


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Old 21-02-2003, 10:39 PM
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I know. We think that the water department is artificially changing just
the pH to preserve the pipeline, or something.


They do that. However, when they do, the pH change is generally temporary.
Try measuring your pH after the water has sat in a cup overnight. Or after 15
minutes of vigorous aeration. The pH right out of the tap isn't necessarily
your real pH. Your real pH may be higher or lower.

does alkaline water hurt the swords?


No. They prefer hard, alkaline water.

I wouldn't bother trying to change your pH. Both your plants and your fish
will adapt.



Leigh

http://www.fortunecity.com/lavender/halloween/881/


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Old 21-02-2003, 10:39 PM
LeighMo
 
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Default Amazon sword?


I know. We think that the water department is artificially changing just
the pH to preserve the pipeline, or something.


They do that. However, when they do, the pH change is generally temporary.
Try measuring your pH after the water has sat in a cup overnight. Or after 15
minutes of vigorous aeration. The pH right out of the tap isn't necessarily
your real pH. Your real pH may be higher or lower.

does alkaline water hurt the swords?


No. They prefer hard, alkaline water.

I wouldn't bother trying to change your pH. Both your plants and your fish
will adapt.



Leigh

http://www.fortunecity.com/lavender/halloween/881/
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Old 20-04-2003, 06:23 AM
linda mar
 
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Default Amazon sword?

Hello,

"LeighMo" wrote in message
It's normal for new leaves to be translucent, but they should darken as

they
mature and get bigger.

Amazon swords like to be fed through their roots, so you might want to

give
them a Flourish tab and a little piece of Jobe's spike once in awhile.


ok. I'll do that and hope it does darken.

my tank is very soft (based on city water info), and alkaline (pH~8
according to my LFS.


That's odd. Soft water is usually acid, hard water is usually alkaline.


I know. We think that the water department is artificially changing just
the pH to preserve the pipeline, or something. Once I get my pH test kits,
I'll be monitoring pH at different time of day/week to see how badly they
fluctuate over the course of the week/day (longer the water sits around in
the pipe, the lower the pH, probably.. so sunday and saturday mornings may
have lower pH while weekday mornings, pH may be high since everybody will
be taking showers and the water doesn't stay stangnat long)...

does alkaline water hurt the swords? I have sof****er fish, so I probably
won't be changing the hardness that it is, but have wondered if I should
buffer it... but if I can get away without buffering (makes water change
more labor intensive) I'd like to opt for that...

linda




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