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Blaxicanlatino 05-22-2008 04:24 PM

New Amazon Sword
 
Any tips on these plants? Do they tolerate salt? Do they grow fast? How do you propagate them? They appear to be growing out of the tank, how do I deal with this? Should I cut it? where should I cut it? 8)

hpt84 05-22-2008 05:31 PM

They will grow fast with good light, co2 and iron. They propagate by sending out runner. You can cut the leave off at the stem section.

okiemavis 05-22-2008 07:08 PM

It's fine if they grow out of the tank, as long as you're cool with it. They will get quite tall, but the leaves that grow above the water will also do well.

Blaxicanlatino 05-26-2008 03:00 PM

is it normal for new leaves to develope in a brownish redish color?

blueblue48 05-26-2008 03:05 PM

mine never did, my new leaves are always bright green

herefishy 05-26-2008 03:06 PM

Plantlets will also form along the bottom of some larger specimens. You just remove them. I started out with three plants and now have at least fifty, that's after selling 100 or so to my lfs's.

Blaxicanlatino 05-27-2008 04:46 PM

it appears that the red-brown coloration is subsiding but I noticed that some plants are becoming transparant. So how do I prpagat it exactly? do I just tear off a leaf along with some roots and plant it?

okiemavis 05-27-2008 09:10 PM

The plants are becoming transparent because they lack proper nutrients/light. What sort of lighting do you have? Do you have any fertilizer? Swords suck up incredible amounts of nutrients from the substrate, so you'll want to use fertilizer tabs regularly.

You can't just split apart the plants to reproduce it. However, the plant will produce mini plants which you can cut off and replant. Here's some photos of an ozelot sword I have with plantlets. They're really crappy, but I couldn't find anything good online so I just snapped a few of my own.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/OkieMavis/SDy-k...0/IMG_3060.JPG
http://lh4.ggpht.com/OkieMavis/SDy-l...0/IMG_3064.JPG

Blaxicanlatino 05-28-2008 12:21 PM

its 18 watts in a 10 gallon tank. Im prepared to go get some iron fertilizer. What kind of fertilizer is best? solid or liquid

icom 06-04-2008 01:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Blaxicanlatino
its 18 watts in a 10 gallon tank. Im prepared to go get some iron fertilizer. What kind of fertilizer is best? solid or liquid

Amazon's in a 10 :shock: Those will get way too big for that tank.I have one mother plant in a 55g that takes up about 1/4 of the tank and thats after I trimmed half of it.1 in a 29g that covered half before a trim,and a few in a 75g that cover the entire tank,I had to get rid of all but one in that 75g..google Amazon Sword and you'll finds pics of how monstrous they can get

They are heavy root feeders so adding root tabs is good for them;API or Seachem tabs is what I use along with dry ferts from rexgrigg.com,but I have several tanks to fertilize so the dry fert route is considerably cheaper than using Flourish products.

add some root tabs and some FloraPride or Leafzone...or the complete Flourish line including Excel for a carbon source


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