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post #1 of 9 Old 08-16-2010, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Sword?

I have a sword plant that I absolutly love in the 10 gallon tank that I have my Ember Tetras in but the problem is I think it has gotten to big for the tank. It has lots of really nice thick leaves on it and I am wondering if I could somehow take part of it out and move it to another tank or would it be better to move the entire plant to a bigger tank and get something smaller for the 10 gallon?

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-16-2010, 04:05 PM
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The only way I know of propogating Swords is by daughter plants. As far as I know you can't split it at the base. They will only grow as big as the tank allows so it won't die on you, but it would look nice in a bigger tank if you have one, and would allow it to grow even bigger and thicker.
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-16-2010, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 44 gallon tank that I am thinking about moveing it into if I can not split it. I just think the Ember Tetras would like more room to swim around in. Here are some current pictures from a few minutes ago of the tank so you can see how much room it is takeing up in the tank.


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Amanda

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55 gallon, 44 gallon, one 20 gallon tank, three 10 gallon tanks, and a 2.5 gallon all with real plants.

I have MTS and there is no cure.

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-16-2010, 04:47 PM
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It is sometimes possible to divide a large sword, but in your case this would not be of much help because the "two" plants will grow just as large. Lisa is correct, if this is the commonly-available sword Echinodorus bleherae, it generally (in my experience) grows to the tank size. I have dozens of daughter plants (my parent plants exploded with inflorescences this past Spring) some of which are in a 10g and 20g just to "grow" a bit, and they are fine for the present, but I know that at some point they will "take off."

A nice smaller sword for a 10g is the Dwarf Sword, Echinodorus parviflorus "Tropica" if you can find it. Lisa got some of these for fore-ground plants in her 120g, and I have them the same in my 115g. But as they do not exceed maybe 6 inches height, they are ideal in 10g (and even 5g). Plus the pygmy chain sword Echinodorus tenellus which is a nice contrast with light green ribbon leaves. Dwarf sword has very dark green and "hammered" leaves. Another good sword is Echinodorus amazonicus, which is almost identical to E. bleherae but narrower leaves and shorter. One of these in a 10g, with maybe 2 Dwarf Swords and a chain sword (as the name suggests, they send out runners with daughter plants fast once settled) would be nice.

Edit: you posted the photos after I saved this response; that is E. bleherae.

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post #5 of 9 Old 08-16-2010, 05:14 PM
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Your sword is taking up a bit of space in your tank but what a lovely plant. :) I just love the Sword plants. They might be "common" but I think they are gorgeous. That is actually kind of nice that you can plant one in your 10 gallon until large then move it on to a larger tank and start again with a new plant. I wish I had that option. :)
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-16-2010, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks you guys. I will plan on moveing it into the bigger tank. Lisa I agree with you I love the sword plants I think they are very pretty. I have 3 Ozelot Swords and an Amazon in my 55 gallon they don't look as good as they did in there old tanks because I just moved them a little over a week ago but I am hopeing they will bounce back to the beautys they were.
Byron I will look for the plants you suggest and if I can't find them locally I will order them online.

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Amanda

Keeping fish its not a hobby it is a passion!

55 gallon, 44 gallon, one 20 gallon tank, three 10 gallon tanks, and a 2.5 gallon all with real plants.

I have MTS and there is no cure.

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post #7 of 9 Old 08-17-2010, 04:02 PM
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I have a blehiri in my 5G and I just prune leaves off occasionally...

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post #8 of 9 Old 08-17-2010, 04:25 PM
someones been eating my sword and it happened only yesterday.i din't add new fish or anything but someone ate the sword.so can i exchange my little one for your big one =) ...... pretty pls ( puppy dog eyes )

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post #9 of 9 Old 08-17-2010, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Kitten LOL you are so funny. It would probably cost more for me to ship it to you then it would for you to go buy you a nice big one. LOL

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Amanda

Keeping fish its not a hobby it is a passion!

55 gallon, 44 gallon, one 20 gallon tank, three 10 gallon tanks, and a 2.5 gallon all with real plants.

I have MTS and there is no cure.

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