Animal Stories - Amazon Swordplant


Animal-World Information about: Amazon Swordplant

   Amazon Swords are actually amphibious bog plants, but most can become completely aquatic if submerged for long periods!
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Scruffy - 2006-06-20
This is a beautiful plant, really easy to grow. looks great in any tank; the fish love to swim in the leaves and hide behind them. neat to learn that it is actually a bog plant. This site is great, so much to read and learn all under one URL ...NICE JOB

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  • Anonymous - 2010-02-16
    Thanks Scruffy!
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hasib - 2010-05-16
I've bought about 50 amazon sword plants of two varieties....the shopkeeper said they both are same plants...but they differ from each other so much.....one has more round leaves than the other and it's taller too....I guess the taller and more round leaved plant is the real amazon sword...then what is the other one?

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  • Bob - 2012-06-04
    Amazon sword plants are usually grown emersed (in the air) by the nursery. The reason for this is they grow much faster because more CO2 is available from the air. CO2 is the major building block for plants. Emersed leaves have a long stem with a leaf portion that is rounded (think lolipops). When the plant is immersed in water, it will shed the old leaves and grow new ones that have a short stem with a narrower, pointed leaf portion. Growth will slow down because there is less CO2 in the water. Now you should realize that CO2 is not a pollutant, but is savored by all plant life. No CO2 = no green!
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Anonymous - 2010-09-17
Very informative!!With the advice I get here,my aquarium is flourishing!

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Rick - 2007-11-07
I have 2 amazon swords in my 55 gal tank and they take up about a third of it each. They are a beautiful and easy to care for plant. I have about 3 1/2 inches of eco complete substrate on the bottom and 4 - 4 foot fluorescent tubes above. My 2 siamese algae eaters love lounging on the large leaves. A must have plant but they do grow quite large.

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  • Anne Lohkamp - 2011-05-24
    I have had my two Amazon Swords in my fancy goldfish 55-gallon tank for about 3 months now and they have been doing well. All of a sudden, they both developed reddish-brown spots all over the older outer leaves. Have you ever had that happen? They have plenty of roots now and one has produced a shoot with new baby plants on it that I will anchor to the bottom of the tank as they grow larger. I was concerned there might be a disease so I cut off all the leaves with spots on them. What do you think is going on? any reply would be appreciated. thanks.
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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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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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