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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-08-2013, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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red melon sword

I have a red melon sword in the background of my 90g. 3 t5h0 bubls 1 inch from the top of the tank. EI ferts. I have had it for several months and it hasn't gotten too tall. Will this plant get tall enough to be a true background plant?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-08-2013, 06:31 PM
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No... red melons (E. x barthii) are excellent mid-ground plants. Perhaps you are mixing it up with 'Red Rubin'?
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-08-2013, 07:19 PM
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I have a red melon sword that is 18 inches tall and 15 inches wide in my 150g. Not a full as the Amazon sword but I wouldn't put it up front. LOL!

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red mellon grow out not up. red rubin will get tall. i had one as tall as my 55 i had to get rid of over the red mellon is easy 15 inches wide it is pushing up on the glass in both front and back of my 55. i wish i had a bigger tank to put it in lol. i will get pics later if you want
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-09-2013, 01:03 AM
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I used to have a large red melon sword in my 55g.Sold
It grew to 15-16 inches "tall" and 10 inches wide.
Sword plants are "root "feeders.
Root tabs will help it grow better and taller.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-09-2013, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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thanks guys. I do root tabs too. I will definitely give it more time. I hope it doesn't get too wide! I really didn't leave a lot of room on the sides for it to grow wide
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