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11-20-2012 03:41 AM
Gold Finger Spath, often sold as "Brazil Sword" is not aquatic. It does, however do very well as a water rooted plant. I have used them, very successfuly, as filter plants. If they were grown in soil you must cut off all the soil roots and put the stem in water. The stem will then grow water roots (a different type of root) and live happily with the roots sumberged indefinitely. I don't know how long they can survive with every leaf completely underwater from my own experience, thogh people say several months to half a yeear. They will definitely try to break the surface before they die.
12-20-2008 06:37 AM
monkeyruler90 I had my brazilian sword (or atleast it what it was named when i bought it) for several months and it grew quiet fast, its leaves looked my amazon sword but they were wider and had thicker stems. then all of a sudden all the leaves started growing really long stems and grew out of the water, now i have 5 stems coming directly out of the substrate that are squeezing through the lid and have thick green leaves. the plant looks great and it looks awesome having some leaves under water and some above water. i have a 29 gallon so some of the stalks are >20 inches.
12-20-2008 05:02 AM
lauraleellbp The problem with rock wool is that fish sometimes try to eat it, and it can kill them.

Also it can get tangled in a filter intake and clog/break the impeller.
12-20-2008 04:53 AM
Trio123 actually i was going to do like Daniel Swords did, "the roots grew into the filter foam". So I was going to cut a hole in a foam block and rubber band the plant in there until it grew roots into the block, and the pot does have rock wool.
12-20-2008 04:34 AM
lauraleellbp Actually, I think it would do better potted (in substrate, not rock wool since that has the potential cause problems for livestock and filters) than loose in a bare-bottomed tank, if that's what you're asking?
12-19-2008 02:45 PM
Trio123 oh that does help! thanks for the quick response. I actually have a bare bottom (makes it easier for the frog to find thier food and keep the tank clean) so I was wondering what I could for the plant roots to anchor. Right now it is still potted but I think that may prevent the roots from growing.
12-19-2008 02:34 PM
Daniel*Swords I'm all for reviving an old thread if the subject is the same. It's much easier to find them later!

I had a Spathiphyllum wallisii growing with just roots in water & the crown of the plant at the surface. It did well this way. The roots grew into the filter foam I had used for a DIY filter. Hope this helps.
12-19-2008 02:08 PM
Trio123 Sorry to revive my old thread but I have a follow up question for you wise planted tanked tank experts.

I think the plant I have is Spathiphyllum tasson or the Peace Lily. Apparently it will grow submersed for months. My question is about the little tank I just set up for my African Dwarf Frogs. The tank is like a makeshift vivarium, water level is at about 6 inches. I know that peace lilies are the plant that was used for that crazy betta in a vase fad... so can they grow with their roots submerged and their leaves out of the water? Anyone have any experience with this?
11-21-2008 07:56 PM
Daniel*Swords Ah, that explains it! What I've learned is that E. bleherae is usually called Broad-leafed Amazon Sword.
11-21-2008 07:31 PM
Originally Posted by Daniel*Swords View Post
If you mean Spathiphyllum sp., aka. peace lily, with the Brazilian sword then the above is news to me. I have never heard it having a submersed form. Neither have I heard it will survive under water.
I was referring to this plant.
Echinodorus Bleheri
11-21-2008 06:15 PM
Daniel*Swords I think they are discussing the Amazon sword (Echinodorus grisebachii, ex-bleherae, ex-amazonicus, ex-parviflorus) there, or maybe the first person asked about a Helanthium species (ex-Echinodorus bolivianus, ex-E. tenellus, etc.). The Spathiphyllum species make sideshoots from the rhizome/stem but not plantlets or runners.
11-21-2008 05:56 PM

This is what I saw... maybe it's a common name problem, two different plants with same common name? I was wondering if there was some way to make it survive (pull it out for a season and put it in a mini terrarium?) just curious.
11-21-2008 02:30 PM
Tinanti Thank you Daniel. I too was surprised to hear that a plant that eventually dies and rots for most people can be grown submersed for others. That is, of course, unless they have confused it with an Echinodorus.
11-21-2008 12:09 PM
Daniel*Swords If you mean Spathiphyllum sp., aka. peace lily, with the Brazilian sword then the above is news to me. I have never heard it having a submersed form. Neither have I heard it will survive under water.
11-21-2008 11:29 AM
chikit2370 Yep, these plants have a submerge and emersed form.
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