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post #1 of 14 Old 10-06-2006, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Amazon Swords?

So does anyone have any expierence with these i have 2 in my 10 gallon tank :( does anyone know how i can make them healthier?
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-06-2006, 10:24 PM
Hi koolman66,
Amazon swords can grow in almost all freshwater tanks. They are very hardy and adaptable.
What kind of substrate do you have? Medium sized gravel to sand is best.
Sometimes amazon swords also need root tabs, which can be purchased at most pet stores. Also make sure to pull of any dead leaves and stems :)

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post #3 of 14 Old 10-07-2006, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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So does anyone have any expierence with these i have 2 in my 10 gallon tank :( does anyone know how i can make them healthier?

i have about gravel the size of peas maybe and then a mixture of like fairley small gravel and the pea size K ill be sure to get soem of those ok thanks!

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post #4 of 14 Old 10-07-2006, 11:09 AM
That gravel should be fine. Like I said, amazon swords are very hardy. :)
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post #5 of 14 Old 10-30-2006, 06:23 PM
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Amazons are probably the easiest plant to grow, but if you want better results yu will have to give them a better home, pea gravel doesnt allow for good root growth, you might want to look at fertilising or putting some algae eating fish in there to keep them clean.
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I have kept some amazon swords for a few years. They started out pretty good for maybe 6 months, then I moved them around, and they just haven't looked the same. There are constantly leaves with holes in them. I have bn plecos, but almost never see them on the plants. The leaves just aren't as broad or as tall, or even as thick, as they should be. I use FloraPride (0-0-3), but not with every water change. Do I just need a different fertilizer? Do I need CO2?

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Plecs, in general, are nocturnal so you'll never see them rasping on the leaves thus leaving holes on them. Believe me, I had to move my loaches as I caught them one night boring holes on my Amazon swords.

Fertilizers are not really necessary unless your tank has insufficient nutrients which can be a sign when your plants show deterioration.
CO2 makes the plants grow faster. If you can afford it and want plants to grow fast, go for it.

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The amazon sword will outgrow your 10 gallon tank, so you may find that if it does well, puts out a runner with baby plants, you will want to plant the babies and maybe end up moving the mother plant to a larger tank.
Also, heed the warnings about plecos, they love amazon swords... it seems to be one of their favorite plants to eat. I wouldn't advise a pleco in a 10 gallon tank, so that should be ok.

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post #9 of 14 Old 10-31-2006, 03:12 PM
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Cut back the skanky leaves, they arent good for the plant infact they probably do the plant more damage, just treat dead leaves like you treat dead flowers in the summer, rip them off and new ones grow! :)

I wouldnt say you need ferts or CO2 iwith swords, perhaps you need to change your lights- if they have faded and reduced in power that may have something to do with them no longer being impressive.
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Cut back the skanky leaves, they arent good for the plant infact they probably do the plant more damage, just treat dead leaves like you treat dead flowers in the summer, rip them off and new ones grow! :)

I wouldnt say you need ferts or CO2 iwith swords, perhaps you need to change your lights- if they have faded and reduced in power that may have something to do with them no longer being impressive.
I definately keep removing the damaged leaves, and am amazed that new ones keep growing in. I'm wondering about the bristle noses now, maybe try feeding them at night.

Questions about floursecent lights -- how often should they be replaced (I've heard 6 months) and what do you do with them? I've never had a bulb actually burn out (I should probably put em in a shop light or something) -- but even if they did, I've heard they have mercury or something in them.........do they go in the trash or out with hazardous waste?

Also, are you suppose to trim the roots of amazon swords?

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