View Full Version : Amazon Sword Help??

03-13-2008, 01:40 AM
I probably already know the answer but I am going to ask anyway because I am far from a plant guru...

I have this light. T-5 Flourescent 2X28 watt bulbs. 6700k plant light. I just got for a regular light for a 55 gallon. So it is pushing 1 wpg. I would use fert spikes around the swords and flourapride in the water. Could I get away with swords in the back of my tank or no?????


doug z
03-13-2008, 01:47 AM
I'm no expert, either, JP, but from what I've been told, that's not going to cut it..

I have 2 x 54W double strips (220W) for my 75, and that's considered moderate!!

03-13-2008, 01:54 AM
Yeah 2 wpg minimum I was just wondering if the fert spikes would help any... huh.... I guess I can try and just take it out if it dies....

03-13-2008, 01:55 AM
Yup, it will work. Let me get a picture of my Amason sword in my 46gal. You won't believe this thing. It's under a pair of 15w bulbs in there.

03-13-2008, 01:59 AM
Here ya go. The angle is a bit skewed but that pot is 8" in diameter and the tank is 23" deep. Sorry about the small diatom problem. Missed a water change in there.

03-13-2008, 02:06 AM
Yeah but thats potted so the soil holds the nutrients better... Mine is going into gravel with no ecocomplete or anything.... Just normal gravel.....

03-13-2008, 02:07 AM
That is normal gravel in there, no soil. In fact, it's actually root bound and thus stunted. It's only producing replacement leaves now.

doug z
03-13-2008, 02:16 AM
Man that's a nice looking fish!

Maybe when I get into the 100g+ tanks.. LOL

From what I've read, you can only go so far with one element of the 3 biggies (co2, light, ferts)..

Ie. You can't just add better lights and expect vast improvement.. Or add ferts and expect improvement (unless that's the element that was missing, of course).

But then, some people do everything wrong and they get great growth, so who knows.. LOL

03-13-2008, 02:18 AM
Yeah I'm still debating if I want to attempt and waste 6 bucks on a sword... That discus is awesome by the way...

03-13-2008, 02:19 AM
Amazon Swords don't require a ton of light to grow, I'm not even sure why that idea is out there. I was growing them in my old 75gal with only 40w of light and no ferts at all. The only thing this plant gets is a root tab.

I think I have a shoot on that one right now, if you don't want to spend the money I do may be able to clip the shoot for you and send it.

03-13-2008, 02:25 AM
It is okay. I appreciate the thought. I can grab one at the store. I think I will try a tall one... Hopefully it doesn't fall over while it is rooting.... fert spike and flourapride....

doug z
03-13-2008, 02:33 AM
Amazon Swords don't require a ton of light to grow

This is good news..

Not that I'll be planting alot of them.. Maybe 3 majors (martii)..

03-13-2008, 02:38 AM
Just consider the size of those things. :) That one of min is stunted and it is still huge.

doug z
03-13-2008, 03:09 AM
Is that a major, or a blehari?

03-13-2008, 03:09 AM
I'm thinking of a GT and a JD in there. I need to reaquascape the entire tank basically lol but I want a few plants in there...