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Popular easy aquarium plants for beginners include varieties of Amazon Sword and Anubias Barteri, Anacharis, Water Sprite, and Banana Plants. Other easy aquarium plants for beginners are Japanese Marimo Moss Balls, which really aren’t plants at all. Moss Balls are a form of tightly wrapped fine green algae fibers and are often sold with aquarium plants.
and will the sand provide enough nutrients for amazon swords or will i need a fish friendly aquarium plant feed ????
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The Amazon sword is easy to care for, and will thrive in most home aquariums. It should be planted in a loose substrate, with a small grain gravel or speciality planting substrate being the best choices. It will also root in a sand substrate but requires more care when it is first planted. This is especially true if there larger fish in the tank, as they will easily pull out an Amazon sword from sand substrate before it has properly rooted. An Amazon Sword Plant is a popular freshwater aquarium plant known for its lush green leaves and ..
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For the most beautiful Amazon Sword Plants, a loose substrate and an iron-rich fertilizer must be used. The Amazon Sword Plant requires at least 2 watts per gallon of full spectrum lighting (5000-7000K). The aquarium temperature should be from 72°-82°F, with an alkalinity of 3 to 8 dKH and a pH of 6.5-7.5. Propagation is by adventitious plants on the covered peduncles.The grass-like bottom plant in many show aquariums is commonly E. tenellus; the dwarf chain sword that reaches a tad over three inches in height. Commonly grown emersed in greenhouses, E. tenellus sheds the arial oval-shaped leaves and grows grass-like submerged ones when planted in your tank. When happy, E. tenellus sends out runners from its base bearing daughter plants on the nodes. After they start to grow roots and leaves, press the runners in the gravel (no more than an eighth of an inch). You can remove and replant the daughter plants once they have four or five leaves if the runner goes in an unsuitable direction.Best cultivated in large aquariums, Amazon Sword Plants make a great focal point if used singly. When used in groups, they create an interesting background when grown with other aquarium plants.The ozelet sword is one of the most attractive aquarium plants I've owned. The picture does not do it justice. In the home aquarium, it will grow new, different-looking leaves more suited to the new environment. Mine replaced the old leaves very quickly. They came in dark red, then grew to be olive green with rust splashes, 4-5 inches long and 2 inches broad with elegant wavy edges. My fish and shrimp also seem to like it, as they are often found resting and searching for food on and under the leaves.Most of the other plants aquarists grow are actuallyadapted to spending part of the year above the waterline, for exampleduring the dry season. These include such things as ,, (Amazon Swords),, , and . When removedfrom the water these plants have stems that hold themselves up againstgravity, something true aquatic plants generally can't do. In somecases these plants grow one sort of leaf when they're underwater,and another sort of leaf when they're out of the water. show this particularly well, with tape-like leavesbelow the waterline and arrow-shaped leaves above the waterline. Sword plants have roots and are planted in the substrate. It may help to attach them to a rock at first, however, until they have a chance to grow strong roots. If they're uprooted, you usually can just re-plant them. They're pretty tough. They're also pretty easy to get: Any pet store that sells aquarium plants should have Amazon sword plants.