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Changing swords

Dear Richard

If you want them to get back to their original shape, you have to plant 
them emersed (roots wet and leaves dry).  Most of the mini swords are grown 
that way and when you put them in a tank, the leave shape, texture and 
color will change a little.


Original Message

Date: Thu, 26 Aug 1999 14:51:20 +0100
From: "Knight, Richard" <rjknight at meto_gov.uk>
Subject: Changing swords
Hello all,
Having recently set-up my first real planted tank about 1 month ago I was
very impressed with the speed of growth I obtained with CO2, however I may
now have quantity but not quality! My problem is with my chainsword plants,
E.tenellus and another I bought under the name of pygmy chain sword. The
tenellus when planted started life with 3 inch stems with narrow tapered
leaves at the end about an inch long. The pygmy chain started with a small
crown of leaves about 1 inch long and half inch wide tapering to a point.
The problem is they both now look like vallis as all the new growth is
slender quarter inch leaves from start to finish and the only way to tell
them apart is height!
29G tank
Pressurised CO2
50W fluro lighting (grolux)
PH 6.5
GH 5
KH 15
Nitrate 20ppm
How can I get them to grow in there original shape??