An Amazon Sword Plant is a popular freshwater aquarium plant known for its lush green leaves and strong roots, making it a good plant for beginners.
The Amazon sword makes an excellent center-piece plant in aquariums, and is best suited for larger aquariums (29 gallons+). If it is well cared for and provided with adequate space, it can grow leave blades up to 24 inches (60cm) long. In a smaller aquarium, these huge leave blades will completely overgrow the tank, and will leave little room for the fish.
Echinodorus amazonicus or Amazon Sword is a very popular aquatic plant among the freshwater hobbyists due to its hardiness and gorgeous green coloration. It is native to Brazil and in nature it occurs in lakes, river, swamps and wet ground of the Amazon basin where it is found growing submersed in 50 to 100 cm deep stagnant to slow-flowing water. At present it is now widely cultivated on farms around the world. It is the ideal background plant for any planted tank. It can grow partially submersed condition and makes it a good addition to terrariums or ripariums as well as the traditional planted tank. It is easy to grow and it produces lush green foliage that looks quite attractive in the aquarium.
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For the most beautiful Amazon Sword Plants, a loose substrate and an iron-rich fertilizer must be used. The Amazon Sword Plant requires at least 2 watts per gallon of full spectrum lighting (5000-7000K). The aquarium temperature should be from 72°-82°F, with an alkalinity of 3 to 8 dKH and a pH of 6.5-7.5. Propagation is by adventitious plants on the covered peduncles.The ozelet sword is one of the most attractive aquarium plants I've owned. The picture does not do it justice. In the home aquarium, it will grow new, different-looking leaves more suited to the new environment. Mine replaced the old leaves very quickly. They came in dark red, then grew to be olive green with rust splashes, 4-5 inches long and 2 inches broad with elegant wavy edges. My fish and shrimp also seem to like it, as they are often found resting and searching for food on and under the leaves.Best cultivated in large aquariums, Amazon Sword Plants make a great focal point if used singly. When used in groups, they create an interesting background when grown with other aquarium plants.The Amazon sword is an interesting plant that can be grown in a variety of conditions. It is definitely one of the most well known and easy to care for freshwater plants. Amazon Swords often grow very large in the aquarium and this should be kept in mind before purchasing an Amazon sword. They are perfect for the beginner because they require only a low level of lighting and a low level of nutrients to survive. However, with a high level of lighting and the addition of liquid supplements the Amazon sword will begin to grow extremely quickly in the aquarium.