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Beth Spirko - 2011-03-18
I got a water onion recently. It was the only bulb in an assortment pack that grew, even though there was a beautiful Aponogeton crispus in the bunch.

Anyhow, one of my fish found the Crinium/water onion delicious. At first, there was a little nibble out of it near the base. Soon, the entire root meristem was gone. The rest of a bulb is all leaves, so it's pretty much dead. I've decided, however, to leave it in & let the hungry muncher finish his/her feast.

I'm a bit bummed, though. I keep having silly thoughts like "Bulbs are full of parenchyma (somewhat undifferentiated plant storage & bulk structural cells, almost like plant "stem cells"). A culture in the right medium, & I'm back in business." Clearly, it's not worth the hassle for one of the most affordable aquatic plants. Besides, I personally don't know the techniques. I once knew someone who did, & I bet it's getting more mainstream...

Recently, I gave away my aloe. Perhaps I'll see if what's left of my crinium is as good as its reputation for skin treatment...

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coree - 2012-01-14
their beutiful plants I wonder if they have a scent to them

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-15
    They do have a very beautiful flower... and yes they have a scent. Their scent has been described as a sweet woody or earthy smell, and one site describes it is as 'reminiscent of leather and fine tobacco'.
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Conor Paul Neill - 2010-04-22
I have practically all of my roots exposed and my plant has tripled in size in 4 months :)

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Leifariek - 2009-04-18
Agreed, very cool plant. Supplemental nutrition in forms of tablets or clay-balls (placed in the substrate near the root system), will also encourage a dense growth rate in the amazon sword. If they get too tall, try brighter lighting, as plants tend to grow as if they were stretching for light. Halides and high-kelvin halogen lights will suppress the plant and force it to grow fuller and not upward.

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  • Fozz - 2010-02-28
    Can you recommend a particular kind or brand of nutrition tablets? I have two big, beautiful swords with some reddish-brown in them. I have had them two months but they are beginning to deteriorate!
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Ryan - 2009-10-06
Will the dwarf anubias grow with the roots submerged in the substrate or does if have to be tied to rock or driftwood? Any pros and cons for the anubias if it is submerged in the substrate...

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Kamperoni - 2009-01-23
I love my swords! They probably one of the easiest plants to have in my opinion. All I use is liquid plant fertilizer and they look amazing. I've only had them about 3 months and they've already doubled in size. And the root system is huge, I was actually surprised when I looked under the tank. They're very attractive plants and the fish love to swim through the leaves. I'd highly recommend them.

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Julia - 2008-01-29
Very pretty plant. Does seem to interfere with feeding though.

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Yee Loon - 2007-07-05
Great plant.. would be better if tied to rock or bogwood. Not planted.

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Beverly - 2007-06-26
I have wonderful luck with my jungle vallisneria, even though I have but a plain gravel substrate. It has always grown well, even with only occasional doses of liquid fertilizers. I do have to trim the leaves as they get too long for my 28 inch deep tank. Usually, they continue to grow with no permanent damage done. However, a few have not grown from the cut point but they do not rot either. I wish my twisted vallisneria would grow so easily!

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Yehoshua Cirt - 2006-08-05
Actually this is not a true aquatic plant, but really a flood plant, meaning that it is used to being submerged for long periods. Expensive but strong and well loved by me.

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