The good news is Amazon Sword Plant care is not difficult. This is one of the reasons why this plant is good for beginners. An Amazon Sword can do well in community tank water conditions:
Aquarium pH: 6.5 – 7.5, and some suggest that pH as low as 6.0 is acceptable.
Water Temperature: Tropical fish range, 72 – 82 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Lighting: Moderate to strong, and for between 10 – 12 hours per day.
Amazon Sword Plant Growth Rate
In low-tech tanks, an Amazon Sword Plant growth rate will be slow and steady once the plant gets accustomed to its new environment. But be mindful that Amazon Sword Plant can grow to be 12 inches in height. And under the right conditions, they can grow to be 18 to 20 inches, or more. So an Amazon Sword is a good plant for tanks with lots of height…like a 29 Gallon Aquarium, for example. For smaller tanks like a 10 gallon aquarium, or tanks without much of height, the plant will require a lot of trimming, otherwise it can take over fast.
Planting An Amazon Sword Plant
An Amazon Sword Plant is pretty resilient and can do pretty well planted in aquarium gravel, but loosely packed plant substrate is a better choice. Its roots will grow to be quite large and extensive, growing deep and wide throughout the tank. So make sure there is enough substrate depth to accommodate this soon-to-be very tall plant. When planting, make sure the plant roots are anchored well, but take care to not bury the crown. The crown of the plant should be above the substrate and visible to the eye.