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Re: [APD] stunted lace plant

Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2004 15:09:18 +0000
From: "Reggie Bustinza" <numbr_9 at hotmail_com>
Subject: [APD] stunted lace plant
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com

Merry Christmas, everybody. I am still trying to figure out why my madigascar lace plant is throwing out leaves that are very wrinkled and unhealthy. Is there a nutrient I should be dosing more of?

Tank specs:
29 gallon tank
2 x 55w cf lighting
pressurized CO2 @ appx 3 bubbles per second
pH 6.8
kH appx 3 degrees

almost algae-free. a little black brush on gravel, but it has not been spreading. Green spot algae; I started dosing more KH2PO4 and it has since stopped spreading. All plants growing well except madigascar lace; rotala macandra been less red lately also. I'm dosing as follows:

50% water change weekly
slightly more than 1/4 tsp KNO3  3x weekly
slightly less than 1/8 tsp KH2PO4 3x weekly (just increased)
7 ml CSM Plantex

What am I missing? the lace plant was growing very robustly and very healthily for many months, but in the past month has stunted.

Any suggestions?



You listed everything but the factor that has kept me from growing decent Lace Plants in recent years -- temperature. Where I lived in CA, I could not keep the temp. down below 75F, much less at the 68-72F it probably likes best. Has winter heating raised the tank temperature?

Now that I'm living in the mountains (just built a fire for the night) I could probably grow them like gang busters. :-) Taiwan Moss (1st cousin to Java Moss) is growing at truly impressive rates, in my cooler (70F) tanks.

One other factor is that it may just need a rest. You could try stripping the leaves and storing the tuber (in a zip-lock) in the veggie drawer of the refrigerator for about 6-8 weeks. If it is plump and firm, that may be all you need to do.


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