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Common Name: Amazon Sword
Latin Name: Echinodorus amazonicus
Family Name: Alismataceae
Plant Form: Rosette plant
Sold as: Bare root or potted
Max Size: Most resources indicate up to 20 inches/50 cm; however, plants grow into tank busters over time, reaching above 30 inches/76 cm
Plant Location: In deep substrate
Flowers: Inconsequential; so small that flowers are rarely noticed
Propagation: Divisions and polinated flowers
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
True Aquatic: Yes
pH: 7.5 or lower
Supplements: High quality fertilizer and Root Tabs
Lighting: Moderate to High
Care Level: Moderate
Good for Beginners: Yes
Probably the most common sword plant on the market today. These plants grow into huge tank busters! I have a sword that is 2 years old that is producing many baby plants and takes up 1/4 of my 90 gallon tank and is growing out the top of the tank. Definitely not a plant for a smaller tank!
Root ferts are a must. These plants are extremely heavy root feeders and will also remove ferts from the water column. It can be difficult adjusting to accommodate a fast growing Amazon Sword plant's needs.
Because of their size these plants are best as a single specimen and needs a very large tank to enjoy their full beauty.