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Micro Sword

(Lilaeopsis brasiliensis)

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 Quick Care Facts

• Care Level: Easy   • Lighting: Medium   • Maximum Size: 5"
• Placement: Foreground   • Water Conditions: 72-84° F, pH 5.0-7.5, KH 4-8
• Propagation: Runners   • Color Forms: Bright-Green
Supplements: High Quality Liquid Nitrate, Phosphate, Potassium, CO2 Supplementation
• Origin: Brazil   • Family: Apiaceae

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Species Information

Micro Sword native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.

Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, also known as Micro Sword, is native to Brazil and may be found growing along the shores of streams and lakes. Micro Sword grows very fast and under optimal conditions, and it will quickly form a dense "carpet" over the substrate with its long, bright-green grass-like leaves.

Aquarium Care

How to successfully keep Micro Sword in the home aquarium.

Plant Micro Sword in small bunches in a checkerboard pattern across the substrate, and in a few months, Micro Sword will form a thick "carpet" over the substrate. An established colony of Micro Sword is an ideal environment for spawning fish to lay their eggs. Micro Sword is an invasive species and will require regular pruning of runners that grow into neighboring plant groupings. These clippings may be used for propagation.

Feeding & Nutrition

How to feed and grow Micro Sword.

With moderate lighting of at least 2 to 3 watts per gallon with full spectrum (5000-7000K) bulbs and a soft, rich substrate, Micro Sword will thrive and spread quickly. Micro Sword will also greatly benefit from regular CO2 injection.

Propagation Information

How to propagate Micro Sword.

Micro Swords propagate by runners that grow off of mature, healthy plants. When these baby plants who grow off the runners are approximately half the size of the "parent", cut the roots with a sharp, sterilized blade and re-plant the "baby" by itself.

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