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Lighting: Moderate to HighGood Micro Sword care requires rich, fertilized plant substrate as opposed to regular aquarium gravel. In low-tech tanks, growth rate will be slow, if at all. But in high-tech tanks with CO2 and strong lighting, a Micro Sword Plant can grow much faster. In the right tank, a Micro Sword Plant can grow to resemble a green grass carpet with leaves from about 2 inches long to about 5 inches.Healthy Micro Sword Plant roots are white, very fine and delicate. So be very careful not to damage or tear the roots when removing the plant from the pot or separating the plant into smaller clumps.Micro Sword Plant roots are not strong and durable like roots, especially when they are young. So its a challenge to plant properly. When planting a Micro Sword Plant, its tempting to adhere to the old adage “there’s safety in numbers” and plant the blades all in one clump. But this may prevent the plant from being able to grow out. The better approach is to gently separate the plant into smaller clumps and plant each clump about an inch or so apart in the substrate, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch down. Because the plants are light and have fine, shallow roots, they may come out of the substrate and float around. If this happens, plant them again. Hopefully patience pays off and the clumps will take root and stay put. Once the plant roots establish themselves and the plant begins to reproduce, the roots will take hold like a net or web securing the plant to the top of the substrate.
Taking care of aquarium plants requires a new set of skills and knowledge than those learned from a fish only aquarium
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My aquarium is a live 95% live plant resort for my fish, but I agree with the author about the novice fish owner. Learning how to take care of fish and be a gardener at the same time would probably be a lot for most people. (Probably not the ones that read fish blogs!!) Practice the right “aquascaping” skills
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Marine plants have an important place for saltwater fish species. They are a food source and also shelter for fish. Taking care of aquarium fish and plants are the fundamental requirements of a healthy aquarium.Anubias Nana can easily propagate in aquarium condition with proper care. Fertilizers should be added to the tank water to get the best growth results along with a good CO2 system and lighting. The tank should have gravel, aquarium substrate, rocks, driftwood, or decorations. Propagation occurs by simply cutting the rhizome from the mother plant. Cuttings should only be taken from mature and healthy plants using very sharp, sterilized scissors. Each cutting should have at least 3 leaves. Plant the new pieces back in the substrate. During planting special care should be taken of the rhizome and the roots. The rhizome should not be buried beneath the substrate, as it rots and die off. After few days the new cutting produce roots and anchors it to the substrate itself and begins growing. Rarely, it can do sexual reproduction through seed production.The most common mistake made by beginners is to get the cheapest gravel they can find and a month later we ask ourselves why the plants are not growing well. A good quality substrate can be costly but will pay off in the end. All plants need a supply of Iron (Fe) to grow. Substrates such as and provide a long lasting supply of Fe to the plants through the roots. While each of these products can be costly per bag to buy, it provides you the best start to growing nice plants. I personally have used both with great success. Plants "will" grow in your average but the size of the gravel is very important. It needs to be a finer grain in size and it will also need to be fertilized to provide the nutrients to the plants. I would suggest a layer of peat and Laterite under regular aquarium gravel or sand to provide the Fe needed by the plants. When using this method you must take care not to disturb this layer over time. If it is disturbed and allowed to enter the water column you could create "nuisance algae" problems.Artificial plants are easier to clean due to the fact that they can't be killed. However, that doesn't mean they can't be damaged by chemicals or rigorous scrubbing. Particles of debris that fall on plants can often be dislodged by simply shaking the plant gently or using your fingers to brush them off. Particles that continue to cling to artificial plants can usually be washed off by removing the plant from the tank and rinsing them in clear water. If that does not remove the particles, gently scrub with an aquarium safe algae pad. Take care to avoid the use of anything with soaps or chemicals, as even a small amount of residue can be harmful or lethal to fish.