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post #1 of 5 Old 03-24-2012, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Maintaining aquarium plants info needed

Back in September 2011, I bought 2 amazon swords and an apogenaton (sp) and they took off like crazy. The Apo has produced a "baby plant" that I cit off and stuck in the gravel, the swords are overgrowing the tank, they cover almost half of the 29G tank. I would like to divide them and give some away but I have a UG filter and I'm sure the roots are pretty tightly weaved into it. I haven't noticed any runner or shoots from them, just 2 big crowns. Should I just trim the big leaves down as short as I can? Any other advice you can think of the from the pictures is welcome.
One pic is from the day I added the plants, the other 2 are from today. The white stringy things in the side pic are bubbles.
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29 Gal, 5 golden platys, 5 neon tetras, 1 clown loach, 2 otos, a few snails that escaped the loach, 2 swords, 2 apo plants.
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-24-2012, 10:47 PM
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Beautiful sword! Don't be afraid to butcher it within reason. Cut at the base 45 degree angles and essentially you can remove as much as you want. As far as the roots, ya damage will most likely occur if you try to uproot a plant of that size. The roots can also regenerate within reason. Spread the gravel at the base and see how committed it is. Do your cuttings in the morning so the plant has all day to repair and definitely supplement after the cutting.
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-24-2012, 11:51 PM
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aye, you can take the leaves off, but dont cut the leaves down. The oldest growth will be to the outside of the plant, I cut them off at the base with sharp scissors (some people twist them off, they break right off). If you do so periodically (every few weeks, let the plant recoup) you can keep the plant from taking over the tank.

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post #4 of 5 Old 03-25-2012, 12:01 AM
I wish I could get my sword to grow like that one, good job
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-25-2012, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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I wish I could get my sword to grow like that one, good job
Thanks. I didn't know it would do this well, the substrate is just plain old Petsmart gravel and a single Life-Glo bulb.
At first I was using just Flourish then I used Excel on the black algae and the plants responded well so I kept doing it. Since they are doing well, and my schedule is more hectic it's kind of hit or miss now with the fert.

Eventually we're setting up a 75 gallon tank and I was hoping to use these to plant that.
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