View Full Version : Can I leave swords floating?

Lady Hobbs
07-11-2010, 07:38 PM
Have no tank for them right now so they are simply floating? I actually got them for my parrot tank but they were prompty ripped up.

I would hold them down with weights but can't seem to come up with something to use for a weight.

07-11-2010, 07:41 PM
They are heavy root feeders so I am thinking not? I am not however 100% sure.

07-11-2010, 07:41 PM
For a week or 2 maybe.If you have lots of nutrients in the water maybe longer.

Wild Turkey
07-11-2010, 07:54 PM
I agree its probably not a good thing to do long term but I havent tried it.

07-11-2010, 07:57 PM
As Smaug suggests I think the water would have to be super nutrient rich to make it last.

Lady Hobbs
07-11-2010, 08:05 PM
Prolly not. Not to mention they are also ugly floating.

07-11-2010, 08:06 PM
Ahhhh well then question answered! :ssmile:

07-11-2010, 09:38 PM
I've had them floating for a long time (not on purpose). I had no issues (and I don't fertilize)...but they don't look right.

But if you're just leaving them there for another tank, or to give away, they should be fine...

Michael Milligan
07-11-2010, 09:46 PM
If floating were harmful, I imagine they would have evolved to sink. Just an observation.

Plants ALWAYS draw nutrients from a water/devolved material solution. On land, the layer of water is very thin, but it is there. In an aquarium it is everywhere.

07-11-2010, 09:48 PM
I've left one floating in a 55g and after a few weeks it just didn't look right. Almost seemed to dying a slow death.

07-11-2010, 09:52 PM
Guess it would depend on the water chemistry of the tank, the lighting, and the species of sword too...

A lot of variables!