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Hey everyone I have a question about my amazon and ozelot swords. When I buy them they have very long stems along with the long broad leaves. After pruning the stems on the new growth always seems to be short. They seem to do fairly well but just aren't growing as tall as I would like. I have a 125 gallon tank with 192 watt 6700k pcs, and 240 watts of t5 h.o. no co2 just excell. Could it be that I have so much light that the swords don't need to grow very high to get the light they need?
 

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When you bought them they were in their emmersed form, a common way to cultivate sword type plants. Emmersed growth on swords usually has a long stem with a leaf at the end, like a canoe paddle.

Once you put them under water and their submerged growth started the new leaves look different. they don't have much of a stem at all just elongated leaves that pretty much sprout right out of the central rosette.

The first few leaves will be fairly small, but as the root system matures they will get bigger and bigger. You can help this along a lot by placing a root tab (I use seachem Flourish tabs) in the substrate near the base of each plant every 3-4 months or so.

The three year old amazon on the right hand side of my signature tank below sends out a new leaf just about every 3 days, like clockwork, and they reach their full length of about 21 inches within a week of appearing.

Don't worry, with swords, soon you won't be able to keep up with them and will find yourself wishing they were smaller.
 

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Whats the best way to manage Swords? Mine has started to gain some serious length through the leaves, but I'd like to trim it a little to get it looking all bushy and nice like. Should I just cut each leaf at the base? Do I cut a few leaves a day, or all at once?

Sorry to hijack, just thought it related to this thread ;)
 

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Thanks. They were submersed when I bought them but I bet you are right they were probably grown emersed. Plants don't seem to last very long at my lfs so the effects of submersion wouldn't show for a bit. Thanks for the info.
 

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No problem, glad I could help.

Whats the best way to manage Swords? Mine has started to gain some serious length through the leaves, but I'd like to trim it a little to get it looking all bushy and nice like. Should I just cut each leaf at the base? Do I cut a few leaves a day, or all at once?

Sorry to hijack, just thought it related to this thread ;)
Ghengis - new leaves develop from the center pushing the older leaves outward, just trim off the older leaves as close to the base as you can, the number you trim depend on the size of the plant, if it is relatively young you should cut one or two at a time, if it is more mature (like mine) it could have upwards of 30 leaves, losing 6 or 7 at a time would hardly be noticed.
 
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