A very good video on how to plant and tend Amazon Swords. These plants make an excellent background plant that will grow up and often cover the back of an aquarium. The video shows the growth of these relative easy plants to keep and maintain over a period of four weeks.
These Amazon Swords were sold as snail free. If the aquarium already has a snail problem, then the extra expense in purchasing these plants as certified snail free from Petco would be useless. In this case, though, the aquarium is newly established and the only plants being added for the duration are the Amazon Swords in the far left corner.
The first job is to prepare the Amazon Swords for planting, that is done by removing the packaging from the plants. There is quite a bit of it, and it must be carefully done to protect the roots. Then of course the plants need to be rinsed of all the substrate that they were packed in. This must be done with scissors.
Planting an underwater plant is done easily with planting sticks and extended tweezers. These are long enough for this deep fish tank and allow the roots to be carefully inserted deep into the substrate to be held firmly. After the disturbed substrate is replaced over them, a plant tab is inserted close to the cluster of new Amazon Swords. The magic here is that the tab contains iron and is seen to be one of the main reasons she is having so much success.
A few other products are used on a very regular basis. The first is an infusion of CO2 from a can, I had never seen this before and would probably have opted to add the CO2 to the tank using a yeast catalyst system. Over the long run that owuld be cheaper than using a disposable can. In addition, the system was dosed regularly with a plant fertilizer for the leaves in liquid form.
Don’t Use Carbon with Amazon Swords
The aquarium is filtered by a cartridge style filter that includes carbon in its cartridges. These were shown being removed on a temporary basis. In my experience, if at all possible, carbon should be eliminated from the system entirely, rather than removed for a couple of hours when the fertilizer is added. Over the long run the trace elements needed by the Amazon Swords will be adsorbed and removed from availability for the plants. It seems a bit counterproductive to add a fertilizer for the plants and then continuously eliminate the nutrients by almost constant passage through carbon. If at all possible remove the carbon from the system entirely.
Over the course of the four week period, these Amazon Swords have obviously taken to the aquarium and begin to produce a lot of growth as well as some new leaves. The maintenance of the dead and dying leaves is shown and the continued fetilization is discussed. I can see that the tank will look bettwer and better, and there seems not urge to move too fast.