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Re: Red Sword recommendations
Not only the green and red horemanii swords, but also another variety with
narrow, strap-like green leaves is included in the E. uruguayensis group.
This one, I believe, really doesn't belong with the others. I had a plant
of this narrow-leaved variety produce floating leaves in my 75 gallon tank,
when it had the tank to itself with plenty of light, nutrients, and CO2. I
have not seen any mention in the literature of this ability to produce
floating leaves. The leaves were thick, oval, 6 to 8 inches long, and had
stems three or four feet long. The plant would have covered a circle with
a 7 foot diameter if it had room to spread out. I have kept the red
horemanii under similar conditions, and it showed no tendency to produce
floating leaves. This narrow-leaved uruguayensis seems quite different
from the red or green horemanii, and I don't think it ought to be lumped in
the same species.
Paul Krombholz, in central Mississippi, where we missed another chance for
rain last night.