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Brazilian Micro Sword (Lilaeopsis brasiliensis)


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Common Name: Brazilian Micro Sword
Proper Name: Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
Category: Rosette Plants
Temperature: 15 - 26 C
PH: 5.5 - 7.5
Lighting: High
Growth Rate: Slow
Difficulty: Medium
Origin: South America
Position in Aquascape: Foreground
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Under the right conditions this plant can create a lush foreground. It need high ligt to stay low, but will grow and thrive under low ligth. When planting them split it out into 8 parts, if you dont do that it will be so compact, that algea will grow on it. Lars Glud For me this plant is very easy to grow. It survived (and grew slowly) under the shade of a big Java Fern and then survived months of heavy green water. I have noticed that every time I replant it most of the older leaves die off, but new ones grow in quickly. Viia
 
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isn't this incorrect? can some's guru's confirm it needs a correction to the profile. it's origin's is Central/South America. Family: Apiaceae Genus: Lilaeopsis lighting: medium to slightly high light/high light grow rate medium it grows to a height of 3-6 cm(1-2 inches) Can Be Grown Emersed: Yes
 
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I've had this plant in my 10 gallon tank, 30 watts, with flourite sand for 2 years so far. I also dose this tank with seach flourish and no C02 or excel. This plant grows incredibly slow as it hasnt even covered half the bottom of the tank yet. However, i love the height of this plant. Most of the grass blades stay about 0.3 inches and does not exceed half an inch. I love the lawn effect of this plant. Even the microsword that is being shaded by other plants in the tank continue to send runners. I just wish it would grow a wee bit faster.
 
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Brilliant plant , I have it everywhere ,even in the pond and in a glass dish in the windowsill , its grows liked wildfire in the latter.
 
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I have this going in 4 tanks now. The high light/CO2 version is growing rapidly and spreading everywhere, lower light/CO2 hasn't grown much at all, no CO2 versions are growing very very slowly.
 
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Hey jasonpatterson i guess thats your grassplant spreading on your cookie jar shrimp tank!
 
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i am keeping this in my medium to high light 15g, daily api co2 booster and leaf zone weekly. Its taking off! My ph is 8.6 and it is thriving
 
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I haven't yet been massively successful with this plant but I can tell you it needs high light, anything short of that and mine starts dying off in a matter of days. Even with Excel and flourish supplements! It is more demanding of light that my baby tears is.
 
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Did not do well for me in med-high light. Did not die, just did not grow and collected BBA. Removed it from the tank.
 
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This plant is very slow growing (seemed slower than the HC I used to have in my tank). I am growing it under medium light and dosing liquid ferts and excel. I hope once I set up my CO2 and get started on EI ferts it will grow a bit better. As a side note, it seems to have trouble spreading in Flourite. The runners also seem to uproot easily.
 
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for some reason, i've order large amounts of this plant, twice, and both times it died off within days, the temperature was about 79F, and it was in a dirted tank, with pressured co2. It has seemed like a very difficult plant to raise for me. also in the morning, a day or two from arriving, the lilaeopsis brasiliensis is just a mush of decaying bacteria colony magnet
 
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I had a lot of trouble with this plant when I first grew it, now I find it virtually unkillable. I have even had it in outdoor tubs that froze solid and this plant survived with no damage, even though there may be a limit to how long it will if kept that way. I have grown it in full sun outdoors and if the water is shallow enough it will grow up to 6 inches tall as an emergent. Yes, this is the same plant that I started from a little pet store plug. I have kept it in an unlit basement at near freezing for several months at a time. It turned brown, but put out new growth as soon as it got some light and a warmer place. One tough plant, but it does way better with as much light as it can get. Submerged it grows more slowly and needs less nutrients.In full sun outdoors it will out compete algae for any fertilizer it can get, and gets a very good dark green

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