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Old 07-05-2005, 06:24 AM   #1
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Can Amazon Swords be kept long term in pots?


Hey peeps.

I haven't had a plantable substrate in my tanks for years now. In fact, until recently I kept all of my tanks bare. Currently, I use only larger river rock.

I took a look at the articles; it seems Swords are dependent on their root systems. Is potting an acceptable method of keeping them?
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Old 07-05-2005, 01:57 PM   #2
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Do you mean the little net pots filled with rock wool, the ones the plants come in? Nope. But placing them in a 4 or 5 inch terracotta pot with a rich substrate and what I call "BB-shot gravel" - that may work.
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Just put them in a pot big enough for them to grow and allow enough root structure. Why not change the substrate of your tank and plant the sword in there?
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I had two large swords in my 75, I pulled one to make room for it's offspring recently, the root structure easily covered half the tank in a flourite, fired clay mix substrate, the other is coming out this weekend to go into an emmersed display since it insists on groweing out of the tank, I anticipate the same problem, so I would be willing to bet just about any sized pot would result in a root bound plant rather quickly.
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Thanks for the input.

Jdinh04, I just grew tired of cleaning the substrate. You do bring up an interesting point, though...a planted tank would actually use a good part of the waste in the substrate, wouldn't it?

Would a flat tray-type terracotta pot allow root growth? Kind of like an expansive bonsai pot?
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