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Old 04-16-2003, 06:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi, I have a 20 gal. high and an Ocelot sword. weve been through alot. I'd like to keep this large plant in my aqauscape but it currently sits right out in front and doesn't quite work. It is quite large and healthy. I want things like depth, a lawn and a good focal point. I have a good artistic eye but with aquascaping I'm kinda dumb. Currently I have Glossistigma, Rotalla Indica, Some *horn (Spikey stem plant), minature broad leaf swords, 1 bunch each of narrow and long leaf Ludwiga. I am soon recieving a shipment of ricca f., babytears, Daphina Diandria (sp.) and wish to incorperate them as well.
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Hi, I have a 20 gal. high and an Ocelot sword. weve been through alot. I'd like to keep this large plant in my aqauscape but it currently sits right out in front and doesn't quite work. It is quite large and healthy. I want things like depth, a lawn and a good focal point. I have a good artistic eye but with aquascaping I'm kinda dumb. Currently I have Glossistigma, Rotalla Indica, Some *horn (Spikey stem plant), minature broad leaf swords, 1 bunch each of narrow and long leaf Ludwiga. I am soon recieving a shipment of ricca f., babytears, Daphina Diandria (sp.) and wish to incorperate them as well.
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Old 04-18-2003, 01:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Chris from B-more,

There are few things as unfortunate as trying to get a big plant into a little space-- think of it in the same light as trying to fit a fish that's too big into a little tank.

There are 2 ways, that I can think of, to go about things with your sword plant:

First is to find it as nice home in a suitable sized aquarium (at least a 36x18x1, and go on with your aquascaping pursuits. The plant will eventually "fill" up your entire 20H under good conditions. You've got some nice plants on the way that are *easy* to 'scape with, and you have the potential to create a really engaging aquascape.

You are virtually doomed with that sword in there, as it will eventually smother the other plants. Unfortunately, trimming usually produces a crummy looking sword plant with a few really big leaves-- not worth it, IMHO.

The second thing you could do is keep the sword plant and hope for the best-- meanwhile, setup another aquarium for your artistic pursuits. I guess it really depends on your priorities, and such

Sorry to sound so bleak, but big swords are extremely difficult to work with in large tanks and impossible in smaller ones.

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Is there any way to grow the plant emersed in some sort of vase?

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Not like you would some violets or marigolds. You need to gradually acclimate the plant over the course of many weeks to emmerse state. And then you'll be able to grow it emmerse, but only if you keep the humidity surrounding the plant very high.

There is prolly some very good info on bringing plants to emmerse form at:

www.thekrib.com

or

http://fins.actwin.com/aquatic-plants/index.php

These sites are an amazing wealth of info on the most mundane to very specific queries if you are so inclined to look for what you want-- *many* hours (years?) of info. Otherwise, you may want to start a new thread here about bringing swords into emerse culture from submerse.

Good luck!

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