Amazon Sword - Planted Tank Mates

Amazon Sword

20” | Background | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

Echinodorus amazonicus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: In soil – Root Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Not Required

Light Level: Low to Medium

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and Angelfish, Discus, Gourami, Guppies, Apistogramma

Notes

Oscars, Cichlids, Goldfish and Plecos may damage swords

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Description

20” | Background | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

8” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

12” | Background | Advance

Co2: High | Light: High

Root Feeder

3” | Carpet | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

16” | Background | Medium

Co2: Medium | Light: High

Root Feeder

3” | Carpet | Medium

Co2: Yes | Light: High

Root Feeder

Content

Echinodorus amazonicus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: In soil - Root Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Not Required

Light Level: Low to Medium

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and Angelfish, Discus, Gourami, Guppies, Apistogramma

Notes

Oscars, Cichlids, Goldfish and Plecos may damage swords

https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Microsorum Pteropus var. Sunrise

Characteristics:

Max Size: 8"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for nano community fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, mollies, endlers, otocinclus, corydoras, dwarf gouramis.  Avoid larger mid dwellers that may pick on its delicate leaves like cichlids and goldfish.

Notes

Sunrise Java Fern has a unique green color variation with flaring edges.  Similar to Java Fern, do not bury it deep into the soil as the rhizome can rot.  Lightly bury, weigh it down, or tie it to hardscapes to allow it to grow.  It's a very slow growing plant in low light settings, but can propagate fast with CO2 and moderate lighting, but look out for algae on the leaves.

Rotala Wallichii

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12″

Care Level: Advanced

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: High

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

Rotala Macrandra provides outstanding red colors, but it is very demanding when it comes to nutrients.  The conditions must be perfect which includes a good substrate, iron and trace dosing, high lighting and CO2.  The PH for this plant should not exceed 7.0 as it prefers softer and acidic waters. 

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Lilaeopsis brasiliensis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Carpet and Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Optional

Light Level: Medium to High

Tank Mates

Great carpet plant.  Creates a lush looking lawn.  Closely resembles grass

Notes

Microsword is one of the easiest carpet plants for beginners.  They’re relatively hardy and look like real lawn grass.  Plant clusters about 1.5” - 2” apart and allow them to infill.  They have runners that spread over the surface and shoot roots down into the substrate.  When planting, angle into the substrate at a diagonal to minimize uplifting.

Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted tank See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Proserpinaca palustris

Characteristics:

Max Size: 16″

Care Level: Medium

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Medium

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

This greenish to orange-red plant has a wide canopy and distinguished saw-tooth edges.  It's a relatively hardy plant, but with strong lighting and CO2 it can start to show more red colors.

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Eleocharis Acicularis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3"

Care Level: Medium

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Carpet

Parameters

Co2: Grows best with Co2

Light Level: Medium to High

Tank Mates

Great carpet plant.  Creates a lush looking lawn

Notes

Dwarf Hairgrass look like Microswords but are much more thin and fine in appearance. These can create a nice and compact grass appearance in any foreground. Without CO2, they will grow much slower and a little sparse. Strong lighting will help it densify and fine soil will prevent uprooting.

Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted tank

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