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Converting ozelot sword to emersed

I'm going to try to convert a HUGE ozelot sword to emersed. The plan is to take it out of the water, trim as many leaves as possible, and then put the plant in shallow water in a 10 gallon with a peat substrate. It literally takes up almost a third of my 75 gallon, and I don't want to get rid of it completely so I'm going to try this. Think this will work? Any input before I do this?

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I think it should work for you. I would take it down to the 3 newest leaves and do a 20% root prune.

I wouldn't just use peat though. Maybe 25% Peat with 75% dirt. simple TopSoil from a garden center or Home dept. I'd put 1" of sand as a cap on the dirt.

Start with the water at the Top of the leaves and drop it slowly as the new growth starts. Then put a Saran wrap cover on the tank, give it some light and leave it alone. Twice a day open it and mist the sword with a spray bottle.

Once the new emesred leaves start growing get your water down below the substrate surface.

Once you get to that point you might as well start some carpet plants or Moss on the sand or something for your other tank.
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Ozelots for me rarely do well emerged, not sure but they hate me :^( Not sure what I do wrong with the darn things. Shallow water is better then none. Partially submerge it!

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Well I have it in the 10 gallon with the leaves under the water for the most part. I already had peat water logged so I added some dirt and covered the top with saran wrap. Now I will just have to wait and see what happens.

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Voila. Success.
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It's already working, to my surprise. That was quick and easy. It's cool that it is already putting leaves (or leaf...) above the surface.

I actually just scooped up a few black neon tetra eggs and dumped them in there, in an attempt to save them. Hopefully it's cycled and if not oh well it was worth a try.

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