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Echinodorus 'Ozelot'

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Echinodorus ozelot is a popular and visually striking aquarium plant known for its distinctive red and green coloration. It belongs to the Echinodorus genus, commonly known as sword plants. The 'Ozelot' variant is characterized by its attractive patterned leaves, making it a popular choice among aquarists. Here are key details about Echinodorus ozelot:

  1. Appearance:

    • Echinodorus ozelot has broad, ovate leaves with a red-brown or burgundy coloration and prominent green spots or patterns.
    • The leaf surface may vary, displaying a mix of red and green hues, and the overall appearance can be reminiscent of a leopard's spots.
    • The plant can grow to a height of approximately 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 centimeters) under suitable conditions.
  2. Growth Habit:

    • It has a rosette growth habit, with leaves emerging from a central crown. As the plant matures, it may produce daughter plants through runners.
  3. Lighting:

    • Echinodorus ozelot typically prefers moderate to high lighting conditions to maintain its vibrant coloration.
    • Adequate lighting helps promote healthy growth and the development of the characteristic red and green leaf pattern.
  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. Echinodorus ozelot absorbs nutrients through its roots.
    • Plant the roots in the substrate and avoid burying the crown (the point where the leaves emerge from the roots).
  6. Propagation:

    • Propagation can occur naturally 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 substrates.
  7. Compatibility:

    • Echinodorus ozelot is generally compatible with a variety of aquarium fish and other aquatic plants.
    • It 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 ozelot can adapt to emersed (above-water) growth, making it suitable for setups where the water level fluctuates.

Echinodorus ozelot is valued for its aesthetic appeal and can serve as a focal point in planted aquariums. The contrast between the red-brown leaves and green patterns adds visual interest to the tank. As with any aquarium plant, providing stable water conditions, appropriate lighting, and nutrient supplementation will contribute to the health and vibrancy of Echinodorus ozelot in your aquarium.