02-11-2011, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Plumkin
so as you can see the mother amazonsword does have long strings of lil plants with roots on them what do i do with those just let them grow that way or do I snip them and plant them in?
The stalks are termed inflorescences since the flowers would appear from the nodes on the inflorescence if the plant was emersed; submersed little plants called adventitious plants or daughter plants will grow from the nodes. You can discover more about emersed and submersed growth and why in our profile of this species, Echinodorus bleherae, click on the shaded name to see the profile.
You can either leave the adventitious plants on the inflorescence, or you can carefully remove them and plant them in the substrate. If the latter, it can be done once the plantlets have a few leaves (which yours seem to) and once there are some white roots over an inch or two long. Leaving the plantlets on the inflorescence sometimes results in algae attacking the plantlets because they are close to the light source.
On another matter, if I may offer a suggestion? I would move that large sword off centre. When something is centered in an aquarium, it immediately draws attention to the "rectangularness" and size of the aquarium. I would shift it right or left of centre, about 4-5 inches out from the back wall to provide room around it (fish swimming behind plants is very interesting and creates more impression of depth). Looking at your photos, a good spot i see is between the two pieces of wood to the left of where the sword is now, sit it will then be growing up between them, which is a natural thing. You might then want to move the tallish plant on the left over to the right side and closer to the back; not sure if this plant is a Sagittaria or Vallisneria, but whichever, it will spread via substrate runners once established with daughter plants popping up.