Ornamental, beautiful and leafy, Rosette plants like the Amazon
Sword have very short (almost unnoticeable) stem axes, with the
leaf stalks uniting at the base of the plant. Rosette plants can be
placed in aquariums alone or in groups and require moderate care to
ensure healthy growth. Rosettes thrive in soft, mildly acidic
Maximum height: 20"
Short-stemmed with pale- to dark-green leaves
Tank placement: Background
Water temperature: 72-78ÃÂ° F
Ideal aquarium size: Large
Can grow fully or partially submersed
Note: Plant availability is seasonal. State and local
regulations may vary. Pricing may vary by storelocation. PetSmart
stores cannot match the price above for this item. Ask a store
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Things to remember:
Aquatic plants require a tropical community aquarium with water
temperaturesranging between 72-78ÃÂº F (22-26ÃÂº C). Use an aquarium
heater to maintainwater temperature.
Whether you're just starting your aquarium or introducing new
plants into your tank, make sure to add only one or two plants at a
Most tropical plants require sunlight each day, year round. The
duration and consistency are essential for plants to thrive.
Natural aquariums must be equipped with the means to provide 12
hours of simulated sunlight each day.
Fertilizer should only be added according to the dosage
instructions on the label, and only when needed (as in the case of
a water change). Plants will grow best if fertilized moderately and
regularly after water changes rather than given larger quantities
of fertilizer on a less-regular basis.
Fish and plants:
Small schooling fish are highly recommended for a natural planted
aquarium; larger fish often uproot plants. The adult size and
eating habitats of a fish should always be taken into
Test water weekly to assess water quality. It is recommended that
10% of youraquarium water be changed per week. At the very least,
25% of your aquariumwater should be changed per month. For optimal
health, regular water changes not only prevent the undesirable
accumulation of excess nutrients, but also remove excess nitrates
and waste products of the fish and plants.
Place your aquarium in a low-traffic area, away from direct
sunlight and drafts.
Planting your natural aquarium:
Foreground plants: Usually stay very short and help fill in the
front part of the aquarium.
Middle ground plants: These plants grow anywhere form 4-10
Background plants: These are the fastest-growing and tallest
Things to watch for:
Brown spots on leaves
Plants appear weak, pale green to yellow, stems have few
Plants cease to grow and die off
Stem plants have long internodes and small leaves
If you notice any of the signs described above, check your
aquariumwater quality and consult an in-store Aquatics