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Aquascaping around swords?

I have a HUGE sword plant in my 42 gallon hexagon. It is an 'ozelot' sword, so it has leaves literally 2 feet long and 5 inches wide at the widest. It was the first plant I bought for all of my aquariums so I'm attached to it... I don't want to get rid of it until I have room to grow it emersed, so how do you aquascape around a sword? It has proven to be very difficult for me.

You can see a link to the tank in my signature. I've gotten 4 plant bunches and the sword's leaves have grown to the top of the driftwood since the last update but I should be updating again tommorow.

So my question is is it possible to aquascape around a sword this big?

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Maybe some java fern because it would be in low light?


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Sure is! I have one in my tank (link in sig). I used Riccia, Wendtii, and some Wisteria. Just find some small growing plants for the foreground of it (dwarf sag would work too) and I used a stem to fill in the sides


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Large swords like that usually have baby swords shoot off the sides. When mine gets too big I pull it and replant one or two of the babies (which are usually also rather large by that time).
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Thanks for the help. I got some water sprite recently and I think it will work in growing around the plant. It looks good, broad leaves against wispy leaves.
wendyjo- I would but it still hasn't sent off runners yet! I probably need to add more nutrients before it will do that.
I think it will work well, now I just have to let it fill in...

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