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Old 05-29-2010, 05:43 PM   #1 
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Amazon Sword

I just purchased some amazon sword plants. Can anyone tell me about them? I dont know much about taking care of live plants but my Bettas seem to love them so far. I dont even know if I planted them right. Can I plant them directly into the gravel? I know I have the right light bulb for them but thats all I know.
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Old 05-29-2010, 05:47 PM   #2 
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Ive got a couple of them planted straight into my gravel in my 190L tank, they seem to be surviving fine and Ive seen the roots growing through the gravel. As far as I know from reading online they are a pretty undemanding plant can grow in lowish light lvls. Just to be sure maybe stick a fetilizer tablet under or near them in the substrate just to make sure they have food :)
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Old 05-29-2010, 06:34 PM   #3 
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Yes they will be perfectly fine right in the gravel. If you took it out of the pot try to seperate it so you can spread them out.
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Yea I was able to spread them out. I have 2 in my 10 gallon split tank and I was able to put 2 in my split 5 gallon I just bought today.
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Any idea how long it will take for it to start growing? Also how do I go about cleaning the tank? Do I remove the plants or what?
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Old 05-29-2010, 08:35 PM   #6 
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You could do whatever you want with the plants and it should take a little. Give it a couple of weeks
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Old 05-29-2010, 09:58 PM   #7 
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You will end up having to take them out of the 5 gal, and possibly the 10 as well. Swords can get really, really big.
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The package says they grow up to 8 inches. Even if they get bigger I will trim them.
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Old 05-30-2010, 08:44 AM   #9 
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They get a LOT bigger than eight inches. People have had them take over their tanks! And it's not just their leaves that get big, their root system goes literally all over the tank.
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Old 05-30-2010, 09:04 AM   #10 
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Here is a link to some info on these swords. http://www.aquahobby.com/garden/e_eamazon.php

(sorry for linking to a different site, mods)

This is an amazing plant, mine puts out a new leaf about every week. I'm just saying it will eventually get way too big for your tank.
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