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  1. As the headline reads, my “Octopus” plant is losing leaves. The plant has exploded in growth in the two months it has been in my tank. Last week, I noticed one of it’s leaves floating around in the tank. I didn’t think much about it at first but now I’m seeing more. Not a deforestation but right now I see three or four floating around. The plant looks very healthy, probably the healthiest plant in the tank. I’ve got very hard water and high Ph in this Lake Tanganyikan tank. Ammonia and nitrites are always zero, nitrates usually between 20 to 30 ppm. I use Easy Green liquid once a week after water change and Easy Root cap when planted in October. What to do
  2. Hey Folks, I'm looking for help identifying this plant. The LFS calls it Stricta but from what I've googled, it is not that. I love that it grows easily and l looks nice when kept heavily pruned down. I like the long flowing leaves. My fish love swimming through it. If you let it grow it will get very thick and would be great for fry to hid in. Here is the overall picture. It's the tall stem plant. Here is a close up of one of the nodes. It has four leaves coming out of each one. Here is a close up of the top. It shows a couple of 'branches' coming out of the node. The plant will fork at the node below where it has been trimmed. This pic shows it growing like crazy in my other tank. I have to trim it back every couple of weeks or it will take over that half of the tank. It does not propagate by runners, thankfully. It propagates very easily by sniping it off above any node and shoving the stem in the substrate. It roots right away from the node above the cut and in the gravel. It grows very tall so could be a good choice for tall tanks. The down side is how often it needs to be pruned back. If I were to start it over again, I would grow it in clumps of three. When it gets tall, you can cut one stem back severely. By the time it comes to cut another one down, the first one will likely be already half grown. I would recommend this to any beginner as a bullet proof plant to gain confidence in and see great growth. What is it???
  3. Do these plants bloom? I just put 4 stems in a week ago and have what appear to be buds at the top.
  4. Thank you in advance for any advice. This is a 10 gallon tank, with a betta and nine neon tetras. There are a number of small ramshorn snails. The substrate is Seachem flourite. It has been set up for 4 months, so more time needed for a good balance. 30% water change weekly. 2 pumps of easy green after the water change. Lights are on 8.5 hours. Currently no signs of algae. Current water parameters Ammonia - 0 ppm (API Liquid Test) Nitrite - 0 ppm (API Liquid Test) Nitrate - 30 ppm (API Liquid Test) PH - 7.8 (API Liquid Test) KH - 60 ppm ( API test strip) GH - 80-100 ppm (API Test Strip) I have a liquid kh/gh test kit on the way. I'm not feeling the test strips. I have three weeks ago added Pothos and let some stow away duckweed do it's thing. I had some staghorn algae which went away about a week later. Recently the Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus started developing pin holes in some of the leaves. From the deficiency charts I'm inclined to think it is a Potassium deficiency. Does that seem correct? I surmise that the pothos and duckweed are sucking up too many nutrients. Right now I am trying to up the easy green to three pumps a week. I started on Saturday, and will keep an eye on over the next few weeks before making another change. Any thoughts on this diagnosis and approach? Would root tabs be more appropriate?
  5. I currently run several planted tanks and constantly seem to have above the desired Nitrate. I run around 80-120 PPM. I can obviously water change it off and do but I feel I am kinda wasting my ferts by reducing the Nitrates only to redose. I am under the opinion that just because the nitrates is high the other building blocks the plants need can be low. What id love to do is get nitrates consumed so that when I go to add more I dont need to change out 40% of my tank to be able to put a squirt or 2 in. I run mostly Anachris, Swords,Frogbit and Crypts. Does anyone know of some nitrate hogs I could add in?
  6. Can someone help me identify what’s growing in my Pogo? Is it brown algae? It’s almost gelatinous in texture and it’s pearling. Its also only on my plants and sponge filter not any other decor. Snails, shrimp, and Hill stream loach don’t seem interested in it. Thanks.
  7. I trimmed down my pogostemen to help it grown denser . I found a leaf a couple weeks later the was growing roots and a couple new leafs. Does this plant normally propagate like that or is it a random thing . It being a stem plant had me thinking it needed a stem to regrow?
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