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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-21-2014, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Amazon sword and Java fern growth

Everywhere I look at people's swords and Java fern, they are all big and really bushy. I've had mine since June and am not getting near the growth you guys are. What am I doing wrong? I have good lights on my 55, dose excel flourish comp, Tetra Flora Pride, and Peabody paradise RuTabs and Boost Tabs.

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those plants are just slow growers.

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Amazon swords

You need co2. I have amazon swords growing out of the top of my 55 gal tank. I pulled one out last week that was over 2 feet tall and literally taking over the tank. I do run a pretty fair amount of pressurized co2.
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Yup, patience or co2. Little dirt never hurts either.
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Plus 2 for co2 and root tabs!

Bump: I ripped the water sprite out too from my high tech it got to much to bare if u do go co2 route.
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I noticed a big difference between gravel and dirt. My Ruffled Sword is taking over the tank and the leaves are leaning over on the surface. I have strong lights, though. I hear that swords do ok with medium light.

They say to plant the root tabs deep, direcly under the plant. You could try dirt ice cubes planted the same way (Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Mix) but it might be messy afterward or later.

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+1 for either patience or moving to C02.

I run low to moderate light tanks, no C02, sand substrate with root tabs and somewhat regular ferts in the water column and in general I find it takes a couple weeks to a month for a recently moved plant to settle in and start new growth. Java ferns are actually slower growers than anubias for me--healthy, but slow to fill in. My mother plant is mounted on a 3"x6" piece of driftwood and I usually only divide it once a year--taking about 1/3 of the mass off to keep it to a reasonable size.

Some folks find that sort of growth intolerably slow. For them, C02 is probably a good choice. For me, it's an occasionally frustrating but ultimately fulfilling reminder to appreciate a slower pace.
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