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Old 09-25-2010, 05:15 AM   #1 
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My new amazon swords

I've had them for maybe a week or two. They are in eco complete substrate the tank is 10g and the water is either between 78-80 (heated) maybe a bit cooler sometimes. They get about 6-8 hours of light a day. BUT THEY AREN'T DOING WELL :O What am I doing wrong? I noticed I had actaully buried the Rhizomes and didn't know i wasn't supposed to. I fixed that about an hour or two ago.

Now the roots arent full in the substrate/gravel. Some of the plants roots are fully in the gravel but some almost aren't in it at all. Anyone have any tips? Is it ok for them to not have roots in the gravel? thanks!
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Old 09-25-2010, 05:55 AM   #2 
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Should I tie little rocks to them so they fall to the bottom? Some of them it seems impossible to bury them without buring the rhizomes and one of them is floating :(
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Old 09-25-2010, 05:56 AM   #3 
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Calm down! lol When you first plant amazon swords there leaves just a clear brown colour its just them getting used to your water. Also the roots do stick out the ground .
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Old 09-25-2010, 06:05 AM   #4 
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ok cool lol. i'm not sure what the rhizomes of a sword look like I'm pretty sure they are the things above the roots?
I fail for not knowing anything about plants lol

thanks for the help btw :)
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Old 09-25-2010, 09:50 AM   #5 
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Maybe this will help you id it.
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:33 AM   #6 
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Now I'm confused!!! I thought an Amazon Sword was a root plant and NOT a rhizome plant like an anubius????
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:21 AM   #7 
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Im pretty sure amazon sword doesn't have a rhizome...
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Im pretty sure amazon sword doesn't have a rhizome...
WHEW - thought I was losing what little mind I had left!!!
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Old 09-25-2010, 03:55 PM   #9 
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Although it sounds like it may just be acclimating to its new environment which most plants go through to some degree (usually it will look terrible for a week or two then start sending out new leaves like mad). Swords do like quite a bit of light. They really need 10-12 hours of moderate strength light. How big is your aquarium and what wattage light bulb (and type) do you have? Swords in particular also like a lot of fertilizer, even with the plant substrate you might consider adding root tab fertilizer.
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Im pretty sure amazon sword doesn't have a rhizome...

Boy do I feel dumb. I guess I was mixing up the crown with the rhizome :( so its Ok to rebury them a bit deeper like up to the crown right?

Jorge they are in my 10gal. I'm not quite sure about the light I'll check and get back to you thanks so much.
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