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    Is it possible to get red coloration(not deep but descent red)in plants without using high co2 and high light?

  • #2
    You can try it using low NO3, effectively less than 5 ppm. But thay's awfully close to a deficiency, which will give you other problems.
    regards,
    dutchy.

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    • #3
      Yes, A reineckii has done very well for me in the past in a non CO2 tank.
      www.BarrReport.com

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      • #4
        @ Dutchy & @Tom

        Actually i have rotala indica which were green initially.Used PMDD(with a bit high phosphate) dosing which resulted in pinkish coloration of the rotala.Meantime i gave diy co2.

        But when i removed the co2 and started to use EI dosing the pinkish coloration faded a bit.

        What you think has actually happened?

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        • #5
          Probably you already had low NO3. When you started to use EI, NO3 levels rose and the plant went green again. Unlike what we like to believe, green is actually a colour that the plant has when it's healthier. Red is a starvation colour
          regards,
          dutchy.

          My 2011, 2012 and 2013 AGA aquascaping contest entries:
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            This was during EI dosing.Presently the color faded.

            I thought red coloration require some special maintenance :P

            Thaty means coloration other than green is the symptom of nutrient deficiency ?

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            • #7
              Here in Costa Rica most people have non-co2 because regs are unaffordable for most hobbyists, with enough light red plants are red.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by chopsticks View Post
                Here in Costa Rica most people have non-co2 because regs are unaffordable for most hobbyists, with enough light red plants are red.
                How much and what light(color temp.) you use?

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                • #9
                  certain specimens of tiger lotus have a very deep red colouration that isn't mottled with any green. other plants i have seen is ludwiga ovalis, with lower light you'll need the bottom of the stems to be out of view because they'll be straggly
                  aka outcast - tpt ; neven - bca

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                  • #10
                    I have Rotala indicia in my non co2 low light tank and it does great. The tips get the red when they are close to the surface where the light is a bit higher! I have b.l. and n.l. ludwigia also in there and they do great as well.
                    Thanks

                    JJ

                    Plants give me peace!

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