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    I'm having a bit of trouble with my apono boivianus. There are brown holes in it. Any one have any ideas of what type of deficiency this is?




  • #2
    Re: Apono Deficiencies

    I believe that's potassium deficiency.... not positive though. Or maybe Magnesium. Dena probably knows.
    -Jonathan

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    • #3
      Re: Apono Deficiencies

      I guess I'll raise my dosage of K2SO4 to 1/8 tsp. 3x a week then. I'll also insert a clay root ball with K2SO4 around its roots. I'll see if it perks up.

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      • #4
        Re: Apono Deficiencies

        How long have you had this plant? Is it only a leaf or two or the entire plant?

        That large patch in the last pix looks like damage from a pleco or other suckermouth.

        Potassium deficiency starts out as tiny pinholes. Then, turn yellow brown as the leaf dies and the holes grow. It begins on the older leaves, but as the deficiency increases the new growth can be affected.

        Magnesium deficiency is often confused with iron deficiency as the leaves often turn yellow. But this can easily be explained by the fact that in the absence of magnesium plants are unable to uptake iron. So, one deficiency causes another. If magnesium is the issue there would be yellow patches, where Iron deficiency the entire leaf turns yellow. Also, magnesium only affects old leaves and iron deficiency affects the entire plant.

        If only a leaf or two, cut them off and monitor for additional signs of deficiency. Make sure you stick with the fert dosages so there is no shortage.
        - Dena

        All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
        Walt Disney

        The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
        Socrates

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        • #5
          Re: Apono Deficiencies

          Thanks for the reply Dena.

          I've had this plant since Black Friday, so about 3 weeks. This is effecting the whole plant.

          There are no plecos or suckermouths in this tank. Could it have possibly been from MTS?

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          • #6
            Re: Apono Deficiencies

            Maybe? I'm not sure.

            Place a root tab near the apono and see if it makes any difference.
            - Dena

            All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
            Walt Disney

            The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
            Socrates

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            • #7
              Re: Apono Deficiencies

              I highly doubt it is the MTS. I've only ever known them to eat detritus.
              -Jonathan

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              • #8
                Re: Apono Deficiencies

                I agree doesnt sound like an MTS to me, def some type of dossage need for the plant thou.
                -Jim-

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                If the facts dont fit the theory, change the facts
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                • #9
                  Re: Apono Deficiencies

                  Interesting. It doesn't have the yellow patches like my Dwarf Sags did nor did my Sags have holes like that. Doesn't seem like Magnesium Deficiency. But there's slight green veins. I'm wondering if its K and Mg? But like said one thing can lead to another. The joys of a planted tank.

                  Personally, I'd increase K2SO4, insert root tab and dose some Epsom Salts.

                  Is the plant producing new leaves? Or growing?
                  Christine

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                  • #10
                    Re: Apono Deficiencies

                    It is producing a few new leaves but the new leaves are deformed. I'll dose some K2SO4 today. How much epsom salts should I dose? Should they be dosed on micro day?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Apono Deficiencies

                      Originally posted by QQQUUUUAADDD
                      It is producing a few new leaves but the new leaves are deformed. I'll dose some K2SO4 today. How much epsom salts should I dose? Should they be dosed on micro day?
                      I'd do 1 tsp with Micros, yes. You can even dose just 2x week. I only dose it 2x week.

                      Increasing your Micros wouldn't hurt either. Covering all the basis.

                      Are you doing any sort of CO2?
                      Christine

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                      • #12
                        Re: Apono Deficiencies

                        No. Before I was doing DIY but it didn't really work for me. I'm getting a Fugeray for Christmas so I won't need CO2. Pressurized is expensive.

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