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Old 04-09-2013, 06:44 PM   #1 
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Talking Would an Amazon Sword be too big for my ten gallon?

I've been looking into the Amazon Swords because I saw some gorgeous ones at the pet store and I've checked the parameters, lighting and fertilization needs and I can support it no problem.

It's just, some people, say that it's a large plant and should really only go in 20G+ tanks.

Would I be able to keep it with a little trimming? I want a taller plant with large leaves and I'm not overly fond of Java Ferns.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:51 PM   #2 
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I have major doubts. I don't think it would be a good choice. They can max out at nearly 2 feet tall. I don't see how you would trim it, you would have to slice off the tops of the leaves!

There are a lot of plants that look similar to swords and don't get as tall, might I recommend those?

Cryptocoryne is a good option. A lot of them that I have don't seem to get that tall.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:04 PM   #3 
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I have major doubts. I don't think it would be a good choice. They can max out at nearly 2 feet tall. I don't see how you would trim it, you would have to slice off the tops of the leaves!

There are a lot of plants that look similar to swords and don't get as tall, might I recommend those?

Cryptocoryne is a good option. A lot of them that I have don't seem to get that tall.
Dang it, I was hoping to get an amazon sword for a planned 5 gallon planted tank... Did not really realize that triming is not as easy for rooted plants as it is for stem plants. My thought process is that when I bought my java fern the petsmart person told me it would grow out and not up. Now I remember that petsore people are not always the most reliable.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:19 PM   #4 
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I bought one for my 10gallon(not knowing it can get huge) if it gets too big I guess I'll have to move it to my 30gallon tall.


I just love the looks of them ^.^
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:24 PM   #5 
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I have major doubts. I don't think it would be a good choice. They can max out at nearly 2 feet tall. I don't see how you would trim it, you would have to slice off the tops of the leaves!

There are a lot of plants that look similar to swords and don't get as tall, might I recommend those?

Cryptocoryne is a good option. A lot of them that I have don't seem to get that tall.
Hmm those look nice! I've heard they die very easily when transplanting them, though. Is that true?
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:55 AM   #6 
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I bought two for my ten gallon. Now that is too much. But I think one is fine for that size tank. The leaves tend to spread out and fold over so that they stay immersed in the water. As long as there's a lot of open space around them, because if not you'll constantly be disentangling the sword leaves from your other plants like me.

Swords are pretty hardy. I've never had a problem with them when transplanting. Just make sure to trim the roots when you replant because the long ones will get damaged and rot if you don't. EDIT: oops! You were referring to crypts.

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Old 04-10-2013, 10:48 AM   #7 
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Hmm those look nice! I've heard they die very easily when transplanting them, though. Is that true?
I've had much luck with crypto in my 16 gallon. Sagittaria I have had very poor luck with, and strangely I can't get java fern to live long either (they tend to be too tall for my 16 gallon anyway).
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:15 PM   #8 
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Yes. Many people say you need at least a 55 gallon tank for an Amazon Sword. Look into Crypts, Dwarf Hairgrass, Java Fern, and Anubis Nana for your tank.
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:09 PM   #9 
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Thanks for the tips, everyone :3
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:18 PM   #10 
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I have them in my 10g tanks & my 5.5g. I had one 10g tank with one & the sword was beautiful & almost to the top of the water but it took almost a year. The others in the the other 10g tanks have been much slower to grow. The ones in my 46g tank haven't grown all that much & its been almost a year now. So . . . I say go for it if you want to.
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