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Plant of the Month – Amazon Sword Plant

Pisces Reef Fish Emporium of Las Vegas, NV - Amazon Sword Plant

The Amazon Sword plant is a freshwater plant. It is easy to care for making it pretty popular around fish hobbyists. It will thrive in tropical set ups with a temperature of 72-82 degrees Fahrenheit. Amazon Swords do not do well in very cold temperatures, so it is not suitable for ponds. The leaves of the plant range from pale to dark green, and have short stems with long pointed tips. Amazon Sword plants can grow up to 20” or so tall under the proper water conditions, and are happy either fully submerged or partially submerged within your aquarium.
The Amazon Sword plant does require medium to high levels of lighting, so it may not be suitable for tanks that are not lit. 10-12 hours of light is needed. The Amazon Sword can either be planted in the substrate, or grown in pots. Their ideal pH is 6.5-7.5. Amazon Swords will live for several years when well cared for, and make a lovely aquarium backdrops. If planted in a group, they can be just the right plants to hide a power filter intake tube or an aquarium heater. The Amazon Sword plants continually grow and produce new leaves. An Amazon Sword Plant is a good choice for community fish tanks. It is not really a good choice for tanks with Oscars, Jack Dempsey, Texas Cichlids or other roughens as these fish can damage plant leaves very easily. The same goes for Plecostomus.