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Re: [APD] Red plants not red enough
* From: Shireen Gonzaga <whimbrel at comcast_net>
I have a Barclaya longifolia that has pretty dull-looking
red leaves. Ditto for my Ludwigia repens. Is there a way
to kick it up a notch in color? It's a CO2 tank dosed with
PO4, K, and TMG twice a week. My substrate is plain gravel.
Would it help to put some laterite or Flourish tabs under
the roots of the red plants? What about adding chelated iron
to the water?
Iron might help. Also try brighter light. Make sure the red plants
have plenty of room. Red plants turn green pretty fast if they are
being shaded out by other plants.
BTW, I was browsing through one of Amano's books last night.
One of his amazing compositions featured a lovely arrangement
of Anubias nana. And to my amazement, there was lots of spot
algae on the leaves. I hope this is a comfort to others like
me who have algae-covered Anubias leaves -- even the master
aquatic plant artist himself has it. :-)
Check the pattern of the spot algae. Each spot may have been placed
after much contemplation :-)
Paul Krombholz in sunny central Mississippi
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