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Old 03-21-2014, 07:58 AM   #1 
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amazon swords question

Yesterday I got 3 amazon Swords for my tanks (one each) but I realized too late that the plants are bigger than I though heh, part of them aren't submerged fully in the two betta tanks. (some top of the leaves mostly)

They look good though and the shrimps hiding in them, as well as Alduin (finally he likes resting somewhere other than between the glass and the heater!)

Should I transfer them in my bigger tank and try to find smaller plants, or they will be fine?

I cleaned them well, no apparent hitchhikers and gave them a quick bleach (1 in 19) bath, rinsed them thoroughly. But didn't QT them (don't have a QT big enough for those plants)

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Old 03-21-2014, 10:58 AM   #2 
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Yeah amazon swords get HUGE, like 20 inches tall. And they don't do very well with their leaves out of the water. I personally would move them to your bigger tank if they are already out of the water in the smaller ones.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:42 PM   #3 
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alright so I removed the bunches that were too big for the betta tanks, will order (or look at my LFS) for other type of plants this weekend :) thanks
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:43 PM   #4 
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There are smaller sword plants if you like swords. I think oriental swords don't get that big.
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:54 PM   #5 
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I am not sure if they are just babies or not, but Petco has Argntune swords that look like mini Amazons.
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:27 AM   #6 
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Crypts are also a nice alternative to swords. I love crypts. Crypt Petchii is small and stays small as well as Willisi, lutea.

Swords - You can trim leaves that get to large as well as cut the root ball into halves to make it smaller and also to make more swords.
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:26 PM   #7 
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I've got a question about swords as well...I've heard that they need crazy tons of iron-rich fertz which can burn the other plants in the tank. Is this true, or is that some misinformation that I read? :)
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:56 AM   #8 
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My large amazon sword just made 2 baby swords after only about 2 weeks of having it planted in good substrate with good ferts. Maybe yours will too and you can just transplant the babies! They're cute and tiny!
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