I had one small plant with 6 inch leaves ,with medium light, DIY CO2...
Its turned into 5 seperate 12+ inch leave plants... Divides Easily, also long flowered Shoots will spur off also capable of becoming new plants. REALLY easy plant..
The Amazon Sword is one of the fewer plants that have been surviving in my tank with surprising resilience. It's been through bouts of algae bloom, really low pH conditions (~6.2-6.5), hard water, and a couple of human newbies at planted aquariums.
All throughout these changes in its environment, it's shown a wide variety of leaf growth and formation. Ranging from long-stemmed wide leaves to long-stemmed shorter leaves and then narrow leaves with no stems above the substrate level.. (??)
This plant is one of the hardiest aquarium plants I have ever had! Back in high school, before I even had a fish tank, I bought one of these at Petco and put it in my 1gal. Betta bowl! It survived in there for over a year, until my boyfriend bought me my first tank. It then lived in the 10gal. with standard aquarium lighting for another year, until I began slowly upgrading lighting, and it is still alive (with 2 offshoots) in my now medium-light tank. It's not huge like it can be, but it has grown runners and offshoots and has bloomed twice. I trimmed off all of the algae covered leaves recently, so it's not big right now but its still kicking! Overall, a great plant that will survive even those new to the planted aquarium- I definitely recommend it (although it is best in larger tanks).
I had three of these on pots on my Juwel 125, eventually had to sell two, as they really grew too big.
The one I have I now prune every two months, and new leaves just keep coming. Each leaf is about 20cm long, and the plant is just amazing to look at.
I do have CO2, but low light, only one 15W tube, but the plant still keeps on growing.
I had it now for arround 2 years, and I think that it will last another two.
A fantastic plant, especially if placed on a pot on a large tank.
I had 4 of these planted in a 20 gallon. Bad idea. One plant dominated the tank, covering up lights to all the other plants. It grew HUGE.
Yet very pretty, hardy and even had me several flowers and offshoots.
This plant is really hardy and easy to care for. I have a small one in my 5.5 gallon (for now) and it is doing great. It is the only plant that has survived my mystery snails so far. So I'll be grabbing some more of these soon, lol. Anyways, I've always had success with Amazon Swords, and mine even sprouts a new leaf almost everyday. Great Plant!
medium light and some nice ferts it will grow. High light , CO2, top quality ferts and it will explode (40-50cm with ease) it can have 40-60 leaves..and it can flower sometimes .this plant needs a deep rich substrate (8-12cm)
its big really big! this plants was dominating midground and it has 12 inch leaves with diy co2 and tablet ferts. it almost puts out a new leaf everyday. can thrive in no co2 no ferts just water and some natural sunshine. i have those in my cookie jars with no equip, ferts, co2 or even inhabitants just a substrate of black sand
I didn't think this plant would grow very well in my tank as I've only got about 1 watt/gal another light which should be another 1 watt/gal but is too old and crappy to be of much effect, but I'm pretty pleased with the results! It only seemed to have grown a few extra leaves but on messing around with my plants I discovered a runner with 4 new plants on it. It was just floating in the water column but had some decent new plants on it with lots of leaves. I have root tabs for my amazon sword, as well as dosing flourish and flourish excel for other plants. This seems to be a pretty hardy plant as I am new to all this and don't have the best setup!
great plant. i have a few in my 20 gal and with only 17 watts per gallon, excel, and flourish are growing amazingly. once theyre big enough ill add them to the others i have in my 180 in which one of my swords recently sent out a runner. =D
I have tried all lighting levels, liquid and dry ferts, DIY CO2 and injected CO2. The best success has been with my high light 90G tank. It has 2.4 WPG T5HO lighting. With root tabs, dry ferts and injected CO2 my swords grow like weeds. So much so, that I had to sell all but one because I had no swim space with 3 plants. Now, the one remaining plant has been producing plantletes. The last batch produced a dozen baby swords.
I love this plant. It's very very hardy. Mine has been through hell, and it's still growing strong. In fact, many of the original leaves died and when I changed tanks I noticed that it sprouted a lot of smaller leaves, which I planted as a separate plant and now they are both growing strong and fast.
I have a couple HUGE amazon swords which did great when they were small, but now they just seem to sit there and grow algae on the leaves, plus they aren't really working with my aquascape so I'm thinking about tossing them. Good and easy plant though none the less
The very first aquarium plant that I've ever kept. It is a very heavy root feeder, so a nutrient rich substrate is absolutely essential for long term success. This plant can grow absolutely massive, so make sure your tank is big enough. It is a good plant, but I see limited aquascaping potential with this species.
A lot of Amazon's (echinodorus) can grow 40-50cm tall and the same wide. Think of this when getting one, at worst if it gets too big, it could be sell at an aquario's convention. One can take over a whole 20G tank. Michel.