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Old 05-26-2012, 12:14 PM   #11
 
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I have river rock that is 2-5mm.
For the 3.5 gallon I will move the plants over to the 25 gallon when I set it up. I just want Pearl to be happy in his little tank.
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:45 PM   #12
 
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Pygmy Chain Sword will spread like a weed. I wouldn't exactly call it grass like, but still think it looks nice. It's a small version of an Amazon Sword where many leaves will grow from the center, called the crown.

It will send runners out over the top of the substrate and make several new plants as they creep around. Here is a picture of how it is doing in my own tank. The two pictures are 1 week apart. Results will obviously vary between tanks, no two is exactly the same so I can't say how it will do in your tank.



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Old 05-26-2012, 05:49 PM   #13
 
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you can always try java moss, you can tie it to a peice of slate and eventually might form a carpet
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:48 PM   #14
 
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I wouldn't exactly call it grass like, but still think it looks nice.
Take a look at Byron's tanks when he lets it get out of hand - it's really full and. . . grassy! A different look than actual grasses, because it does bow outward, but still. . . a similar effect, I think.

Your pygmy swords are just taking off, Geo. . . are you going to just let them go wild, or keep them in check?
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:51 PM   #15
 
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Pygmy Chain Sword will spread like a weed. I wouldn't exactly call it grass like, but still think it looks nice. It's a small version of an Amazon Sword where many leaves will grow from the center, called the crown.

It will send runners out over the top of the substrate and make several new plants as they creep around. Here is a picture of how it is doing in my own tank. The two pictures are 1 week apart. Results will obviously vary between tanks, no two is exactly the same so I can't say how it will do in your tank.



I love the wild look, yet it kinda looks organized (if that makes sense). I think I am going for pygmy chain sword for sure. How many WPG does it need?
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:29 AM   #16
 
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I'm terrible with specifics, though I'm sure the others will be able to help you here. I can tell you that it doesn't seem to need much to thrive. Mine is doing VERY well in a 29g tall tank with a single 24" 20W Life-Glo 2 bulb that is on for around 10 hours a day. I dose once a week with Flourish Comprehensive Supplement, which I'm sure helps - but the growth has just taken off, and I started getting little daughter plantlets almost immediately! Seems to be a very easy plant (in my novice experience!)
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:46 AM   #17
 
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WPG is kind of bogus.

My tank is a 125 gallon with 98 watts worth of T8 6500K bulbs. So less than 1 WPG. I also have floating plants that cuts the intensity down further. If you follow any kind of WPG rule they'll all tell you it's impossible to grow anything but Java Fern and Anubias ... but obviously that isn't true.

Growth will be faster with brighter light, but as with a lot of swords these seem to do okay in low light.

A single T8 in the 6500K area for color temperature will work for most tanks. For deep tanks, dual T8 works.
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:40 PM   #18
 
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I actually dont have a light on this tank (fail, I know) but it get some light from teh tank beside it and I keep the curtains open so it does get some light. I put one on the other day and it looked REALLY bad and Pearl went and hid, so I put it back on the ten gallon. (its only 3 watts).

I might get some anubias also, if I can convince my parents :)
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Old 05-27-2012, 11:03 PM   #19
 
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How many inches of substrate should I use and what size? I have 2-5mm gravel which is river rock. I keep the temp at about 26C. And are terracotta pots okay for a fish tank? I have one that has been used (need to clean it) but has no hole at the bottom for Pearl to get stuck in. I'm going to the pet store Friday if I dont have softball (tournament that depends on league standings so its still unsure ATM). I cleaned it today. What is a good fertilizer for plants? I have MMB, duckweed and will have anubias and PCS.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:35 AM   #20
 
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How many inches of substrate should I use and what size? I have 2-5mm gravel which is river rock. I keep the temp at about 26C. And are terracotta pots okay for a fish tank? I have one that has been used (need to clean it) but has no hole at the bottom for Pearl to get stuck in. I'm going to the pet store Friday if I dont have softball (tournament that depends on league standings so its still unsure ATM). I cleaned it today. What is a good fertilizer for plants? I have MMB, duckweed and will have anubias and PCS.

Terracotta pots are fine for fish, just clean it good with hot water. I boiled mine for a few minutes. Small gravel, what is often referred to as pea gravel or sand works best for plants. A good overall, easy to use fertilizer is Florish Comprehesive by Seachem.

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