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Amazon Sword Max size?

So I have a few Amazon swords in my 60 gallon tank. 2 of them are massive at least I think. One measures from stock to end of leaf 22". And the leaves are massive. Did not know they got this big. What are some of the largest Amazon swords you all have? My tank is 24" tall for reference.




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I had a few Amazon swords when I had a 45g tall (24" High) tank, The leafs grew to about 30" then out the tank through the gap where the glass cover was in the back. It was about 1 feet outside the tank and flowered. So total about 3 feet before I pulled it out and got rid of it.
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I had a few Amazon swords when I had a 45g tall (24" High) tank, The leafs grew to about 30" then out the tank through the gap where the glass cover was in the back. It was about 1 feet outside the tank and flowered. So total about 3 feet before I pulled it out and got rid of it.


Wow now that is massive. Ya I will let these grow out of the tank in hopes one flowers. Every since the co2 addition they really exploded.


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I have had one 24 inches tall with over 40 or so leaves in my 120, it was gorgeous but a bit big.

I ended up selling it to a guy with a 400 gallon.
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Originally had 2 Amazon and 2 Melon swords in my 75g tank. Soon realized that was a "big" mistake. Currently have 1 of each. About every 2 weeks I trim out 3-5 of the biggest leaves from the Amazon just to try and keep things looking appropriately sized. Still have 30+ leaves on the Amazon. Yes, if you let them grow unchecked you could easily have 24" long leaves.
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I have two Amazon Swords that are making life hard on my other plants in my 20. Anyone want two free swordplants?

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Mine is growing out of my tank at least 2 feet total. I have so many baby swords, PM if you want some. My sword is a mother plant.
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Apparently they get huge. My big sword is trying to grow out of the tank. Right now it's 24" tall. Did some major trimming on it. I had no idea that when I got the sword plants they would get this big.


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I have Kleiner Prinz swords. My life is easy
Max size for them is 12", and they get nice reds in younger leaves
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Amazon Sword Max size?

24" high tank. This guy is like 30"+ now lol. This is the same sword in the first pic in the thread. So just 5 days of growth.
This is the second pictured sword in first post. Again 5 days of growth.


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Possible it is an Ozelot Sword (Echinodorus ozelot? No plant ID expert so there could be doubt?
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Aquatic Plants for Freshwater Aquariums: Ozelot Sword Plant
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Aquatic Plants for Freshwater Aquariums: Amazon Sword Aquarium Plant
I am looking at the spots on the leaves but either way I tend to disagree with the sizes as listed.
I have one with spots and it has reached the top of a 125, sent out several stalks which have grown to the end of the canopy and turned to come back around. The stalk might be around five feet long!!
I do cut some off when they have developed roots. I take these to other tank as I sure don't need any more space hogs in this tank. But I can almost hear them sucking in the nitrate which is a good thing in this tank.
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Possible it is an Ozelot Sword (Echinodorus ozelot? No plant ID expert so there could be doubt?
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Aquatic Plants for Freshwater Aquariums: Ozelot Sword Plant
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Aquatic Plants for Freshwater Aquariums: Amazon Sword Aquarium Plant
I am looking at the spots on the leaves but either way I tend to disagree with the sizes as listed.
I have one with spots and it has reached the top of a 125, sent out several stalks which have grown to the end of the canopy and turned to come back around. The stalk might be around five feet long!!
I do cut some off when they have developed roots. I take these to other tank as I sure don't need any more space hogs in this tank. But I can almost hear them sucking in the nitrate which is a good thing in this tank.


Ya there is no way max size is 1' 4". Ya it's amazing how fast they grow and how much nitrate they destroy lol. Is for sure a good thing. When I bought them on Amazon were just listed as "Amazon Sword".

Anyone know for sure what specific species these are??


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I have broad leaf amazon swords that have grown to be 21" tall, hit the surface of the tank, and I cut the leaves off. They sprout new ones from the base and I just cut the long ones as close to the base as possible. They are massive plants, absolutely NOT recommended unless you plan on removing them or keeping them trimmed. They are pretty though, to me at least. They just get so big!
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This was the part that makes me think Ozelot:
The Ozelot Sword is a hybrid between Echinodorus schlueteri 'Leopard' and Echinodorus barthii, which is what gave it the marbled spots on the elongated green leaves.

The one pictured on that site is about the size that I was sold also as Amazon sword. Plants are harder to ID than fish as there are many more hybrids which has to wind up with lots of totally confused folks.
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This was the part that makes me think Ozelot:

The Ozelot Sword is a hybrid between Echinodorus schlueteri 'Leopard' and Echinodorus barthii, which is what gave it the marbled spots on the elongated green leaves.



The one pictured on that site is about the size that I was sold also as Amazon sword. Plants are harder to ID than fish as there are many more hybrids which has to wind up with lots of totally confused folks.


Just funny how they list the max size so small. It does look similar so you are probably right. Either way it's a nice plant and am curious how much larger it will get in my tank. I just did a major trimming on it a week ago and since has sprouted the huge leaves and just exploded. Never knew these guys grew so fast but you can just see from the first post to now. They love co2 and light for sure.


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