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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-20-2005, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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micro sword???

I was wondering if micro sword will grow well in flourite substrate. I was going to buy the 1 foot square from aquariumplants.com and plant it. I have heard that micro sword likes very fine substrate. Is this true? Well any help or comments will be welcome. Thanks.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-20-2005, 11:59 PM
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my cuban chain swords grow fine in my flourite tank....
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-21-2005, 12:23 AM
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Mine has gone buck wild in my fluorite/profile mix (about 70% flourite). I use EI fertilization and occasionally put a flourish tab into their area.

Growth started a little slowly, but then after about a month runners were shooting out everywhere. I started with three smallish chain swords. Now several months later they form a thick lawn across the entire front of my 75g.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-22-2005, 12:05 AM
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It took about 5 weeks, but mine is now sending runner out like mad.

You should be fine.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-22-2005, 12:59 AM
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anyone post pictures up? I just planted some and curious to see what it looks like filled in.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-23-2005, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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I agree with Marc, I would love to see pictures. The MS... I was planning on buying is the 1 foot square from aquariumplants.com. Yeah a little pricey, but a "bunch" that big should already have runners and more likley to spread quicker. My goal is to have a lawn over my entire 75 gal. Thanks for the replies. Send more as I have not quite decided yet.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Come on I know somebody out there has some pictures of a MS carpet. I would really like to know what it would looks like. Please. LOL

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 01:11 AM
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When I started my first planted tank in 2004 (a 36" 40g) I bought a sqft of Lilaeopsis from AZ Aquatic Gardens. Even if I had planted nothing but Lilaeopsis I wouldn't have used more than 6 sqin.

So I ended up tossing out a bunch of it since I wasn't involved with all the online forums back then.

The other thing to remember is that those large mats are typically grown emersed so will take longer to spread than had you bought some small, submersed grown pots.

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