Amazon Swords and Foreground Plants

Subject: Amazon Sword

>      I remember a question being asked about how to take proppe
> clippings of Amazon Swords. For the life of me I couldn't seem t
> the response.  

As far as I know, there is no good way to reduce the size of a 
healthy Sword plant.  Your best bet is to replace it with a 
smaller species.  I wish there _were_ a good way to do it, as I've 
had to find new homes for several awesome plants that have just 
outgrown my tank.


Subject: Low Foreground Plant  on TAG Cover


> I was browsing the AGA home pages and saw the Tank at Mizukwa Cl
> the cover of TAG volume 8, 1995.  Can someone please tell me wha
> grass-like plant is in the foreground of the tank ?  Does it sta
> or does it need to be trimmed (mowed?) ?  

It's hard to tell for sure from the photo, but I think it's 
Echinodorus tenellus, "Pigmy Chain Sword".  If so, in good 
conditions it will spread readily, and make a very pretty green 
"lawn".  And, no, it does not need "mowing"<g>

This same effect can be achieved with Lillaeopsis, (my personal 
favorite) E. quadricostatus, (a little taller) Dwarf Sagitaria, or 
any of a number of low growing Cryptocoryne species (can take a 
long time to spread, but tolerate low light better).  Another 
plant often used by Ammano is Glossostigma, which is not 
commercially available in the U.S. at this time.
> Also sometime ago I sent in my subscription for AGA but as of ye
> not received my first issue - how long before I can expect it ?
I'm not sure how long ago you sent in your dues, but the magazine 
comes out 6 times a year.  It is possible that you joined just 
after the last mailing.  If so, I believe the Sept.-Oct. issue is 
currently in production, so hopefully you'll receive it along with 
every one else. If it seems like it's been longer than that since 
you paid your dues, E-mail me or Neil Frank (editor), and We'll  
check into it for you.


Karen Randall
Aquatic Gardeners Assoc.
Boston, MA