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Echinodorus Grisebachii 'Amazon Sword'

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Echinodorus grisebachii, commonly known as Amazon Sword or Melon Sword, is a popular and widely cultivated species of aquatic plant in the aquarium hobby. Belonging to the Echinodorus genus, this plant is appreciated for its robust nature, large and attractive leaves, and eascare. Here are key details about Echinodorus grisebachii:



    • Echinodorus grisebachii typically features large, sword-shaped leaves that can grow to be 12-20 inches (30-50 centimeters) or more in length.
    • The leaves are usually green, and the plant may produce a rosette of submerged leaves with long petioles.
  2. Growth Habit:

    • Amazon Sword plants exhibit a rosette growth habit, with leaves emerging from a central crown. Mature plants may also produce daughter plants through runners.


    • Echinodorus grisebachii can adapt to a range of lighting conditions but generally prefers moderate to high lighting for optimal growth.
    • Adequate lighting is crucial for maintaining the plant's health and promoting the development of lush, green leaves.
  4. Water Parameters:

    • Temperature: 72-82°F (22-28°C)
    • pH: 6.5-7.5
    • Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water is generally suitable.
  5. Substrate and Planting:

    • Provide a nutrient-rich substrate to support the plant's growth, as Amazon Swords absorb nutrients through their roots.
    • Plant the roots in the substrate and avoid burying the crown, as this can lead to rotting.
  6. Propagation:

    • Echinodorus grisebachii can be propagated through the production of runners, which develop into new plantlets.
    • To propagate, separate the daughter plants once they have developed a sufficient root system and plant them in the substrate.
  7. Compatibility:

    • Amazon Sword plants are generally compatible with a variety of aquarium fish and other aquatic plants.
    • They can be used in both freshwater and brackish water setups.
  8. Maintenance:

    • Regular pruning may be necessary to control the size and shape of the plant.
    • Remove any yellowing or damaged leaves to encourage new growth.
  9. Emersed Growth:

    • Echinodorus grisebachii can adapt to emersed (above-water) growth, making it suitable for setups where the water level fluctuates.

Echinodorus grisebachii is a popular choice among aquarists, especially those looking to create lush and natural-looking aquascapes. Its impressive size and distinctive appearance make it a suitable background or centerpiece plant in freshwater aquariums. As with any aquarium plant, providing stable water conditions, appropriate lighting, and nutrient supplementation will contribute to the health and vibrancy of Echinodorus grisebachii in your aquarium.