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Old 02-27-2012, 08:25 AM   #21
 
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I agree completely with the need for sword plants with Angels. I have several different kinds of swords in my tank with my Angles and it is truly beautiful to watch them swimming through the long leaves. They especially hang around the Amazon sword and I have several in an area so it is nice and thick.

That isn't the best picture because I had just fed them and there is food all over the leaves of the plants. That is an Amazon Sword (the tall one in back) and Hygrophila Corymbosa (Giant Hygro Temple plant) in front. That will also be a nice plant as it gets fairly large and really sucks up the Nitrate. Plus it is pretty, in my opinion.
In this shot you can see a smaller sword in the bottom left corner. They won't take over your tank but they do produce baby plants from time to time. You can replant them in your tank elsewhere or sell or give away if you don't want more in the tank. I am of the opinion that more is better when it comes to plants. ha ha

Can't wait to see your tank.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:27 AM   #22
 
Do the swords need any fertilizer or specail light requirements? I have a 10,000k.( i will double check to be sure) floresent idk if that helps anyone suggest plants. I am also willing to upgrade for the right price of course. I do want to get a sword or two for the back center of my tank to add more cover as of right now I have one side densely "planted" and the other side more open and is sparsely "planted" other than two small anubias plants.
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:24 AM   #23
 
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Do the swords need any fertilizer or specail light requirements? I have a 10,000k.( i will double check to be sure) floresent idk if that helps anyone suggest plants. I am also willing to upgrade for the right price of course. I do want to get a sword or two for the back center of my tank to add more cover as of right now I have one side densely "planted" and the other side more open and is sparsely "planted" other than two small anubias plants.
I would spread the plants out so the tank is more evenly planted, allowing of course for smaller areas with more or less to replicate nature.

Swords need moderate light (more in a moment) and yes, fertilization is usually necessary. A general complete liquid works, like Flourish Comprehensive Supplement or Brightwell Aquatics FlorinMulti.

Can you give me the data on your 10000K tube? This will probably help me suggest whether or not it wilol suffice. Some will, some won't. The Kelvin is only the indicator of colour hue, I need to check spectrum.

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Old 02-27-2012, 05:01 PM   #24
 
I have an 8000K full spectrum daylight 32watt florescent bulb. What does the fertilizer do to the fish? I am going to see about getting Brazilian Penny wort tonight if i can find a healthy plant. If not I may go after a amazon sword. Also since I have some plants now I will be getting some fish soon. I was looking at Black Phantom Tetra. I've found a few sites that say their hardy, some that say they are not.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:09 PM   #25
 
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I have an 8000K full spectrum daylight 32watt florescent bulb. What does the fertilizer do to the fish? I am going to see about getting Brazilian Penny wort tonight if i can find a healthy plant. If not I may go after a amazon sword. Also since I have some plants now I will be getting some fish soon. I was looking at Black Phantom Tetra. I've found a few sites that say their hardy, some that say they are not.
The tube should be fine then.

Fertilizer does not affect fish provided it is not overdosed. While there are nutrients available from the tap water (minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, etc) and almost everything via fish food (fish waste in the substrate gets broken down by bacteria to provide nutrients) it may or may not be sufficient for the plants. A complete liquid fertilizer is usually advisable. Swords are heavy feeders, so they tend to require this. And stem plants being fast growing are similar.
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