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Old 03-25-2013, 02:10 PM   #1
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My plants have been in for a week. Amazon Sword and "Asian Water Fern" LOL.

I think I planted my Amazon Sword in too tight of a group. Can I easily move them around a little? I was thinking of doing a 50% water change soon (been doing a 20% change almost every day) and thought this would be a good time to move them.

I just don't want to damage them, as they are doing fine, I just feel they need to be spread out a little more.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:35 PM   #2
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Yep, in a week they have not developed the huge root systems yet.

This would also be a good moment to ponder whether Amazon Swords are suitable plants for a 4 gallon tank. They might be if it is kept as a low tech tank.

Once they are established well, you will basically have one huge clump of roots in the lower part of your tank.
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Yep, in a week they have not developed the huge root systems yet.

This would also be a good moment to ponder whether Amazon Swords are suitable plants for a 4 gallon tank. They might be if it is kept as a low tech tank.

Once they are established well, you will basically have one huge clump of roots in the lower part of your tank.
No one suggested I ponder that yet. I think I am somewhere between low tech and high tech, and was about to (in a few weeks) start using CO2.

I am guessing the concern would be it would get out of control fast?
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No one suggested I ponder that yet. I think I am somewhere between low tech and high tech, and was about to (in a few weeks) start using CO2.

I am guessing the concern would be it would get out of control fast?
Amazon swords get up to 2 feet tall and more than 1 foot wide (in all directions). I think there could be more suitable choices for your tank, but it's just a suggestion. If you go with a pressurized setup with medium light, you might run into trouble decently fast.
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I figured if I kept them trimmed right, and kept them in only 1 to 2 inches of substrate, that would limit how big they got.

I am open to suggestions though. I can always transfer them to my 29gal when I get that started.
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Trimming Swords can be a bit of a challenge - depending on light and nutrients, their leaves grow to a particular size, and there is not much you can do about it without wrecking the plant.

On the other hand, if they don't have enough nutrients (1-2in of inert substrate) then they will stay small(er). Whether that's the best solution... Removing them after a longer period will be troublesome - you could just cut them out, leaving the roots behind (might cause issues down the road), or start over...

Best would be to go with less vigorous growers in a tank that size.
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