Thread: Swords have gone nuts.
11-17-2007, 12:32 PM #1
Swords have gone nuts.
I've had my swords maybe a month and they are growing out of the top of the tank......especially all these long shoots they put out. I have removed the tank top and will have to put my light on "feet" so I can have an open tank.
But I have a question.......I read somewhere that stronger light makes swords grow taller but less fullness. Less light keeps them shorter but they fill out more. Has anyone heard of this?
11-17-2007, 12:47 PM #2
Most tank-raised Amazon swords grow 12 to18-inches tall. Oddly enough, too much light keeps them from growing tall. They flatten out. On the other hand, The plant can grow up and out of a 70-gallon tank under hanging lights. the big plants grow flowers and make lots and lots of little baby swordlets.
11-18-2007, 01:40 PM #3
Thank you. I was expecting a bit more growth on some of my so-called fast growers and they aren't doing quite so much. The swords on the other hand are going nuts. Also the anubius and moss. I certainly was expecting slower growth on the anubius but that is doing very well.
12-05-2007, 02:43 AM #4
3 weeks have gone by since I started this thread but I wanted to add an update.
I have lots and lots of the new babies on stringers but the mother plant itself is not getting any new leaves. Should I cut all these stringers off with the babies? I wondered if it would help get new leaves on the base plant?
12-05-2007, 02:53 AM #5
It does, Hobbs. If you cut the runners the plant will put its energy into making leaves, not babies. Its why my bleheri is more than 2 feet tall with a 28 inch spread with at least one hundred leaves.
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12-05-2007, 03:02 AM #6
If you put lights on the sides of the tanks It might make the swords fill out becuase they want to reach the light.
12-06-2007, 05:17 AM #7
Thanks. I cut those runners off today and all were good sized with 5 or 6 leaves. Left them just floating in the tank for lack of anywhere to put them.
12-06-2007, 01:21 PM #8
It's amazing what a little iron will do for them
12-06-2007, 01:51 PM #9