- Grows very tall with broad, green leaves - great as a focal point and background plant
- Plant you receive will be at least 12" tall - great in community tanks and live plant aquascapes"
- Live freshwater aquarium plant with SubstrateSource Echinodorus bleheri Care Guide included
DescriptionOne of our largest plant offerings, Echinodorus bleheri grows tall with bright green leaves, which is why it is often used as a focal point in freshwater planted aquariums. Commonly called "Amazon Sword," Echinodorus bleheri is also known under the scientific names Echinodorus paniculatus and Echinodorus pangeri.
Because this freshwater aquarium plant grows so large, we recommend planting it in at least 4" of substrate. This substrate depth will give E. bleheri space to develop a complex root system and prevent uprooting when it grows to a great height. Once established, Amazon Sword will develop a floral stalk and grow plantlets along the stalk's nodes. The plantlets can be removed from the stalk once they've grown their own roots and replanted in an aquarium.
Echinodorus bleheri grows quickly, which is good for absorbing biological waste from freshwater aquariums. However, at times, the aquatic plant can experience iron deficiency, indicated by yellowing leaves. If you experience this, consider adding root fertilizer tabs or liquid plant fertilizers. Algae growth on Amazon Sword's large leaves is also common. Try increasing water flow to the leaves and reducing lighting, feeding, and fertilizing to combat algae problems.
We enjoy using this plant in large, community fish aquariums. Otocinclus, algae eating fish, will often graze on the surface of Amazon Sword's large leaves while other fish will swim around and between the leaves. However, this plant is not a good candidate for goldfish and cichlid tanks because the leaves are not resilient enough to withstand contant pecking.