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post #1 of 2 Old 07-21-2009, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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hey i got a red sword plant from walwart how do i breed them
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Echinodorus (swords) in nature propogate two ways, sexual (flowers, seeds) and by sending out runners (flower spikes) that produce daughter plants. Propogation via flowers in an aquarium is almost impossible; the plant needs to be grown emersed (as in a bog) since in nature they reproduce with flowers during the dry season when they are in marsh conditions. During the submersed state (flood seasons) they send out runners and daughter plants instead of flowers are produced along the runners. Most Echinodorus are bog plants in the wild 9there are a few fully submersed species) that grow well permanently submersed, which is why they make excellent aquarium plants, but they seldom (i.e., never) flower under these conditions.

If the plant is happy in your aquarium (adequate light, proper nutrients, good water quality) it will send out runners in time. Echinodorus are heavy feeders especially through the roots. A plant tab or stick inserted next to the root system in the gravel will produce incredible growth and (in my experience) always lead to numerous runners.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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