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Re: Turnover rate of leaves on Tiger Lotus
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: Turnover rate of leaves on Tiger Lotus
- From: Dave Millman <dave at tactics_com>
- Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2003 15:40:51 -0700
- In-reply-to: <200306041051.h54ApNi0028369@otter.actwin.com>
At 03:51 AM 6/4/2003, Kirk wrote:
I have a Red Tiger Lotus which is apparently growing well in my 75 gallon
tank. The only thing that concerns me is how frequently what appear to be
very healthy, large bright red leaves fall off the plant. It seems like
every few days, one of these beautiful leaves starts to loosen up via its
stem dissolving off near the base. A smaller leaf is sure to replace it,
as these are usually just starting to come out the crown of the plant as
the stems first start to dissolve, and by the time the plant loses one of
them, it is replaced. Is this normal for this plant, or, are fish speeding
the process along by eating the plant (no apparent bitemarks in the
Sorry for the late reply.
It sounds like the plant is fairly new (less than 1-2 months) in your tank.
If you are getting new growth from this plant, and the majority of the
existing leaves are healthy, then the biggest problem you are going to face
is keeping it small enough for your tank.
If your total leaf count starts declining, suspect a missing nutrient. I
have heard of any fish that are typically kept in a plant tank that eat