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New Victoria Addict
Photos by Alan Montour - Click to enlarge
January 23, 2003
My only 'Atlantis' has returned to having only 1 floating leaf and 1 new one forming.
I had to cover my pots with gravel to keep the fish from removing the top layer of sand as they searched for food.
Because of on-line source that Kit found for them, I have acquired Fish Emulsion and Schultz Iron Green, and have removed the Ironite from my "cocktail". First feeding with the proper ingredients was today. Now my contemplation has turned to just when do I repot into larger pots. I have not seen any roots indicating that it is time.
Baby Victorias, like many young terrestrial plants, do best when potted small. We want to mention again that our first planting is in 3 ounce plastic cups rather than the 8 and 9 ounce cups you and some others are using. We find they tend to "swim" in the bigger ones. We boost to your size with the fourth floating leaf and find that the plants have formed enough of a root ball that the roots and soil hold together when we transplant. This is really important since babies DO NOT like their roots disturbed! We urge you to wait to boost yours until they are actually becoming root-bound.
Look at my new 'Challengers' GO!
'Columbia' is a different story! Its growth rate has not been as stunning. I am struggling with getting my second aquarium stable. It has an algae bloom with water harness levels of only a 3. For my interest only, pH, nitrite and ammonia levels are where they should be. The water is very cloudy and taking pictures is very difficult. I have added 3 Shubunkins and 3 Chinese algae eaters to this aquarium and I will follow the same feeding program for Victorias.
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