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Echinodorus amazonicus
Amazon Sword

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The Amazon sword has got to be one of the most deceptively hardy plants of all time! I've had one in my tank for over three years now and it's still going strong! It looks like it would be a killer to grow, due to its well developed root system, dark green color, and "heavy-feeder" status, but it isn't. You can put it in a "Kritter-Keeper" container outside all summer in "green water," in the shade, no less and it still thrives. I always recommend it as the "ultimate beginner's plant" at work, since the only thing it seems to really require is light and room!

Contributed by Erica Knox
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I had an Amazon sword for just under a year in my 80 L planted. Even though it was only under 15 Watts of fluorescent it grew to a good size and even once sprouted off and I got 5 more little baby ones. I now and then gave it some plant grow formula, but that was it. It was quite a healthy plant, growing a new leaf every 1 to 2 weeks. I recommend this plant to people who want a big centerpiece and to anyone who thinks their fish don't have enough places to hide!

Contributed by Andrew Brown
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I bought one of these that was growing in vermiculite/loam in a plastic pot. I cut the plastic pot away and planted the sword while still in the loam. I am using a single strip bulb in the hood for lighting and homemade CO2 injection. The plant is enormous, healthy and sprouting new leaves that mature in just a week or so. This plant has runners that branch out like stems. After awhile, little brown balls will grow on the runners and sprout new plants. When the sprouts get leaves about 3-5 cm long just cut the runner and replant. I usually leave about 3 cm of the runner connected to the sprout and push that into the substrate as anchorage. This way you don't smother the base of the plant. I recommend this plant highly to beginners and experts alike. This is definitely my favorite in my tank.

Contributed by Mark Werenczuk
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I bought some sword plants and have them in my low light tank with some java fern, green cabomba caroliniana and other low light plants. I like the way they grown. Add CO2 and fertilizer, and they wiil do well. Mine has not flowered yet, but I hope it will soon. A very popular plant.

Contributed by Santiago Silva
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I like this plant also. It's easy to grow. I bought some sword plants and have them in my low light tank with some java fern, green cabomba caroliniana and other low light plants. I like the way they grown. Add CO2 fertilizer, and they will do well. Mine has not flowered yet, but I hope it will soon. A very popular plant. My angelfish like these plants too.

Contributed by Santiago Silva
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My first large plant in a 115 L tank. It has grow beautifully, and become a home to most of my smaller fish. I have had four smaller plants reseeded from babies off the runners and all are doing well. It will soon be too big for my 115 L tank though, as it is a large plant now, and growing larger. Good choice for a beginner to start with.

Contributed by Philip McInturff
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Without a doubt my favorite plant. I put it in every tank I keep. Hardy, beautiful, and prolific. They have always put up runners and babies for me. Indirect natural light in addition to artifical gives excellent results.

Contributed by Rob Young
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My favorite plant. Very undemanding, can withstand low lighting and still manage to reproduce under these conditions. When I first started my tank I planted it together with Valisneria, Cabomba and Ludwigia. All of them died within 6 months, but the Amazon sword survived and produced a baby plant, so then I had two Amazon swords.

Contributed by Artem
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Amazon swords are a great plant! They are very easy to look after and grow best in sand. This plant is not very good for tanks smaller than 60 L. Swords are very good for breeding tetras and any other leaf laying fish.

Contributed by kyel
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I have used these plants since I first started fishkeeping, only problem is I have always kept Clown Loaches and Bristlenose cats. They love them, as a result they didn't last long and had to buy more every few weeks. Recently I decided to take what was left of my current swords, cut what was left of the leaves down to about 2 cm from the roots and plant it in a spare tank with no ferts, CO2 or lighting, only a heater, filter and silica sand. After a week I found 3-4 new leaves in the center of the plant growing, so I left them to hold their own for about a month longer. They slowly grew to about 6 cm, with more new leaves growing. I then transferred them to a new planted shrimp tank and within 2 months, they had grown between 16-20 cm long with 2.5-3 cm wide leaves with a huge root system.

Contributed by John Laurie
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The Amazon Sword plant is a beautiful plant. I have a 170 liter tank. After I cleaned it I saw that with fake plants algae would grow a lot more in my tank. So my dad took me to a store and I bought 2 Amazon sword plants. One of them started growing 2 weeks after I got it. About a month later it had 6 or 7 new leaves coming out, but the other plant was dying. The dying plant was trying to reproduce new plants so fast it wasn't healing itself. So my dad told me to cut off all the reproducing branches. After about another month 9 or 10 leaves came out. If you have this problem I advise to cut the reproducing branches off so that it will spend more time growing. I only have a light above the tank, not very powerful but the plants are growing fine now.

Contributed by Heath Petipren

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