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Old 09-01-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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Amazon Sword Questions


So am considering planting some Amazon Swords in my 29gal tank. I think this tank is currently considered a low tech since I am not running CO2.

1 Coralife T5NO with 1x18w 6700K and 1 Colormax.
1 Aqueon Power Filter QuietFlow 50
1 Air Powered Sponge Filter
Black Gravel (Pea Sized)

I just purchased 10 Seachem Root tabs and I wanted to ask a couple questions.


If I place some Amazon Swords into the tank will the T5NO be enough light for the plants?

Is it ok to not have CO2 injection?
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:05 PM   #2
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Yes and yes. But in my experience, Amazon Sword shows its full glory with CO2. Without it, it looked satisfactory at best.
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Old 09-02-2013, 02:49 AM   #3
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My amazon sword is a focal point in my low-tech tank (I think you can tell which one it is):





Wherever you end up planting it, be sure to push in 1-2 root tabs very close to it to give it a boost. And cut any yellowing or old leaves at the base to encourage new leaf growth.
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:38 AM   #4
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Question about the Seachem tabs, aren't they primarily minor nutrients?

My AS was looking very poorly until I put a Jobe's stick under it. It's been in the same substrate for 10 to 15 years, nutrients were no doubt depleted.
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:40 AM   #5
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Real nice tank Peter - looks great.

And Osomini, yes,swords can do very well with your lighting and without CO2, but of course, some root tabs will help out a great deal.
I've had swords in my low-tech planted discus tanks for years, and wouldn't be without them. I even grow a couple in a small 10 gal tank & love them - of course I need to keep them well trimmed.

Here's some pics for you to have a gander at the swords:

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...spaul/Sept2011
http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...uspaul/Anubias
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:28 PM   #6
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One thing to think about is the size of an amazon sword in your 29 gallon. You may want to look into one of the smaller cultivars.
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:59 AM   #7
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There are a ton of beautiful slightly smaller swords, like red or green ozelots, melon ,red flame, red rubin, some are rosette style plants, and all grow in my medium light tanks with no c02 but nutrient-rich substrate. It's the substrate that is key, they are very heavy root feeders, ime.
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Old 09-15-2013, 02:46 PM   #8
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Here is one of my low tech tanks planted 2 years ago using Amazonia.
Gets a trim today!






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Old 09-15-2013, 09:01 PM   #9
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Aquaticz- Love it, bet your angelfish loves it too. Just one question, to settle my curiosity once and for all, what is taht reddish plant in the mid ground, slightly to the right? Red rubin or red melon? This is what I have too.
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:05 PM   #10
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Oh, and to comment on the size on amazon swords, my amazon sword leaves are just short of the surface of my 120g from substrate to top, 26". Just to give you an idea of how big/tall they can get. Low tech, lowish light.

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Old 09-20-2013, 12:50 AM   #11
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Yes, Swords work well in low tech/low light. Here is my 29, no CO2, T5NO Aqueon fixture with 2 6500k bulbs.

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Old 09-20-2013, 01:40 AM   #12
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i have a sword in my cube and it sorta doesnt die, but then grow either, but that is lowest of the low tech.
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:09 AM   #13
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There are a ton of beautiful slightly smaller swords, like red or green ozelots, melon ,red flame, red rubin, some are rosette style plants, and all grow in my medium light tanks with no c02 but nutrient-rich substrate. It's the substrate that is key, they are very heavy root feeders, ime.
I thought Red Rubin got HUGE?
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:38 PM   #14
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I thought Red Rubin got HUGE?
Yes, oops, I always got mixed up between red melons and red rubins, there was a mix-up when they were sold to me. You are right, they are supposed to get large, but I have no luck with them.
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Old 11-02-2013, 04:05 PM   #15
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Here's how big I was able to grow 2 swords with no c02. Right before a major algae outbreak hit and turned the leaves black.


Before the algae hit. by johndimo, on Flickr
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