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Beverly - 2007-06-26
The description here says it will live up to a year submersed in water. I got 3 bunches of this after being told (mistakenly, by store employees) that it was a fast-growing, easy aquarium plant. All three bunches were dead (rotting from the bottom up) within a month. I was very disappointed that these were sold as aquarium plants as they did not do well at all. I do not recommend these for an aquarium. Perhaps they would grow well at a pond's edge, above the waterline, but I do not know.

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  • Kyle Morrissey - 2013-04-17
    but they look great
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Andrew - 2008-08-07
I found the Brazilian Pennywort to be a hardy plant even at low temperatures. Some dark spotting will appear on older leaves, but they needed to be trimmed by this stage anyway. Trimming will allow a burst of younger shoots to take up the available light & space. At first I couldn't work out how to present this awkward, fragile & spindly tangle. I wanted it to be anchored as a ground cover, sprawling along the bottom and creeping up the sides of my tank, but it would not stay anchored or in the position i wanted. So, in the end i threw a whole lot of stainless steel kitchen hooks at it - to keep the mess at the bottom & gave up on it; walking away...To my surprise & delight the next day, the leaves and stalks had resolved their buoyancy issues - settling into wonderful fantasy-like, lily-pad layers (nature always proving the better designer), giving an unexpected magical appeal (so much so, it remains as the central theme of that tank still today).
My advice with Brazilian pennywort as with most stem plants is to submerge whole plant in water overnight to resolve buoyancy issues, good idea to treat water with an antibacterial preventing unwanted nasties. Try even acclimatising your plant first by just floating it (out of a bag) on the surface of the aquarium for a couple of days.
- submerge for 12 - 24 hours prior to design to clear buoyancy problems
- place (enough) s/steel hooks along selected runners to achieve a neutral
- work with the natural buoyancy of plant in fast flowing tanks, let it settle
where it lands - nature is an incredible designer when given the chance! let the
current determine its best position
- although the stalks/branches are incredibly brittle out of water, with leaves that
should fold & flop in any water flow - it is remarkably resilient even in strong
currents. At first a few leaves may fold, don't worry too much as the plant will
soon compensate for this over a day or 2 rectifying the leaf to upright & open.

Overall I love Brazilian Pennywort or Cardamon as is sometimes called - due to it's sweet spice-aroma emitted when out off water. I've found the perfect lily-pad ascetic without the slow growth & smell!

have fun...

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Barbara - 2006-02-14
i love my ozelot sword! this is a great plant for those who have failed at keeping other red leaved plants due to light requirements. This plant will easily adapt to your aquarium, and each plant looks a little different according to its setting. i have found it much easier to keep than the other swords. be sure to give it ample room to grow, and in a few months it will look as if it had been growing there forever. i think there is a place for an ozelot sword in every freshwater aquarium!

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kye turnbull - 2013-05-08
my duck weed keeps dying!!!! D:

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-08
    We have duck weed in one of our tanks, and it grows like crazy. I think its because it is right under the lights, but we have to thin it often so the plants below will get light.
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hasib - 2010-05-16
I've bought about 50 amazon sword plants of two varieties....the shopkeeper said they both are same plants...but they differ from each other so has more round leaves than the other and it's taller too....I guess the taller and more round leaved plant is the real amazon sword...then what is the other one?

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  • Bob - 2012-06-04
    Amazon sword plants are usually grown emersed (in the air) by the nursery. The reason for this is they grow much faster because more CO2 is available from the air. CO2 is the major building block for plants. Emersed leaves have a long stem with a leaf portion that is rounded (think lolipops). When the plant is immersed in water, it will shed the old leaves and grow new ones that have a short stem with a narrower, pointed leaf portion. Growth will slow down because there is less CO2 in the water. Now you should realize that CO2 is not a pollutant, but is savored by all plant life. No CO2 = no green!
Anonymous - 2010-09-17
Very informative!!With the advice I get here,my aquarium is flourishing!

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allan - 2005-01-23
This plant seems to need lots of light. In my tall narrow triangular tank it grew well at the front - I didnt know it has a few months dormancy and threw it out. i have re-purchased but its at the back in a dark corner and not doing well at all.

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Barbara - 2003-11-18
Wonderful Plant!!! Attach to bogwood, stones, etc, and allow to grow down it and cascade into the soil. Not at all picky. WILL NOT BE EATEN BY RAMSHORN SNAILS! Grows quickly and is undemanding. I have kept the same plant for 5 years, never had a single complaint.

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fivent - 2012-04-15
My micro sword infected brown algae even I use high lighting.

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  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
    try feeding it plant fertiliser until it gets settled in
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Anonymous - 2011-05-16
I have 10 dwarf lily bulbs in my aquariums. All have sprouted and are growing well in my low light. (about 1.5 watts per gallon). I dose ferts and excel and they are a beautiful plant. Definitely helps add some color (reds/pinks) to the aquarium with out having to have the high light set-up most plants need to show red coloring...Love it!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-16
    I bet it looks gorgeous. Glad to know.

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