04-16-2013, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by JDM
Yah, I found some examples of it, sort of a chain sword and I have my doubts as to whether my light will suffice, it hasn't for what I suspect is another dwarf sword species. I put it in the brightest spot of the tank to see how it responds.
I will be doubling my light to compensate for more floating plant material... let's see if I can generate algae with an LED system or not as I won't be reducing my photo-period of 14+ hours per day.
I wasn't thinking of the "chain" swords in Helanthium, but of a true sword in Echinodorus. I have a couple that look like this one. I bought it as a larger plant and it weakened (in the tank with Flourite substrate no less) and I replanted it when I replaced the F with sand. The new leaves it acquired before this have been much smaller, maybe 4 inches or 5 inches in length (from the substrate to leaf tip). I'm hoping it will now recover, with sand and Flourish Tabs. My other larger swords in this tank are rebounding after the change. I think it was labelled E. palaefolius, but E. subulatus has similar leaves too. B.