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Format For Submitting A Plant Species

Discussion in 'Plants Index' started by George Farmer, Mar 3, 2006.

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  1. George Farmer

    George Farmer ad aqua

    Jul 6, 2003
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    Stamford, Lincs, UK
    I suggest this format for submitting your plant species to this index. Please be as accurate as possible.

    Here's an example using Echinodorus tenellus.

    Scientific name - Echinodorus tenellus

    Common terms - Dwarf chain-sword, Microsword

    Geographic origin - South America

    Type (stem, bulb, rhizome, floating etc.) - rhizome

    Max. size (height, width) - 5-10cm height, 5+cm width

    Lighting required - moderate to high

    Temperature - 19-30C

    Water chemistry requirements (pH, hardness) - adaptable

    Growth rates - medium

    Demands - medium

    Additional info - Will do best in nutrient-rich substrates with good lighting and CO2. It propogates via runners and will quickly form a dense carpet if conditions are suitable that will require thinning out to prevent smothering and light starvation. Needs plenty of iron, either through the substrate or water column. If leaves go transparent or yellow then this is a good indicator that more micronutrients are necessary. A lovely plant that is suitable for foregrounds of medium to large tanks. I may look too large for smaller tanks as a foregound plant.

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