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  1. Amazon Sword

    Best suited for large aquariums the Amazon Sword plants are ideal as either a beautiful centre point when used individually or as a background when combined with other aquarium plants.

    The Amazon Sword, also known as Echinodorus amazonicus, is a Rosette plant that is extremely popular with many an aquarium enthusiasts. Usually reaching to about 20 inches when placed in the proper water conditions the Amazon Sword Plant is dark green with relatively short stems and sword like leaves with a pointed tip.

    There are many different ways to use an Amazon Sword Plant in your aquarium. As mentioned, they make a great background plant if you are looking for something to sit against the back wall of a tank, but they also can be very eye-catching if they are planted alone and used as a centrepiece in the middle of the tank. The lush sharp colour green of the leaves will really pop out of the tank if you place the plant against a black background. They also can be used to create a forest look in the tank if you place a bunch of them together against the back wall of the tank. In addition, they can be used as a clever way to hide an aquarium heater or filter intake tube.

    It is Important to consider what type of fish are going to go in the tank before buying an Amazon Sword Plant for your tank. Community fish tend to be the best choice, but tanks with Texas Cichlids, Oscar, Jack Dempsey, or rough fish should probably not use it. This is due to the fact that they tend to chew and damage the plants quickly. Goldfish are also known to eat them, but if your goal is to give the goldfish something to pick at then it would be an appropriate choice.

    If you have decided that an Amazon Sword Plant is the right choice for you then it is important that you choose a healthy plant. When making a purchase look for a plant that has healthy green leaves that are long and undamaged. You want do not have any brown spots or holes in them as this is a good indicator of the health of the plant. Look for plants that have a solid root structure and avoid any that have that leaves look brown, yellow, or clear as this is a sign the plant is likely dying.

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  2. Cabomba Austalis ( Yellow Cabomba )

    Can be easily grown in a variety of conditions including hard water. The flowers it produces are white.
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  3. Cyperus Helferi

    The Cyperus Helferi is one of our more popular plants as it is pretty low maintenance, once the initial climatisation has taken place. This plant has long bright green, grass-like leaves and is ideal for both small and large tanks. One of only a few of the Cyperus family to thrive in underwater conditions the Cyperus Helferi requires plenty of light and CO2 injection to reach its potential, but this is not essential for its growth. Coming from the Cyperaceae family and originating in Thailand this elegant plant is at it's best when used as a focal point in the midground or as a background accent. It grows up 35cm tall and has a roset from 15-25cm wide. One of our favourite features of this plant is when it is placed in a tank with water flow. The Cyperus Helferi sways beautifully to the current giving it a very naturally look.
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  4. Elodea Densa

    This is a fast growing plant needing strong light. If a stem is broken off by accident it can be replanted to form a new plant.
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  5. Green Myriophyllum

    This delicate plant is easily grown in relatively cool and clear water.
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  6. Hairgrass

    Needs a brightly lit area to grow. Otherwise it is an undemanding plant.
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  7. Red Cabomba

    Quite a demanding plant requiring soft water. It produces purple red to violet flowers.
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  8. Red Ludwigia

    The plant has two leaf forms, one round and one slightly elongated.
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  9. Red Myriophyllum

    This plant has feathery leaves which are brownish to rust red in colour. Your water should be devoid of suspended particles to prevent accumulation on the leaves.
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  10. Vallis Corkscrew-Large

    One of the best known aquatic plants with beautiful spiralling leaves. If you struggle to grow this it will be due to a lack of light. Supplied fully grown.
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