This plant will display light green leaves which will offer some contrast next to other aquatic plants. They look best when planted in groups, in a short time they will spread out to form a low carpet of plant life. Growth can be restricted if required by planting them in pots or between pebbles if you wish to keep them as specimen plants. Always check the leaves for signs of the colour fading as this is a sure sign of nutrient deficiency.
This plant has a strange habit of changing its leaf shape depending on whether it is emersed or submersed. If grown emersed the leaves will be rounder and wider but if kept under the water surface the leaves will grow slimmer and longer.
The plant will attempt to grow above the water surface but this can easily be prevented by nipping off the top leaves and then the secondary leaves should be quite happy to stay submerged as long as you wish to keep the plant in the aquarium.
When first added to the aquarium you may spot signs of decay on the outer leaves, this is nothing to worry about and is perfectly normal. To prevent having decaying leaves in the aquarium which could lower the quality, remove the outer leaves prior to planting and trim the roots to encourage new root growth.
Echinodorus is a very hardy species of aquatic plants. Most Echinodorus require nutrient-dense soil to thrive as they are heavy root feeders.
Echinodorus grow fairly large and are more suitable for larger planted aquariums.
Do not make drastic changes to the aquarium. Unstable parameters will result in melt and rotting of the aquarium plant.
Please be sure to remove this plant from its pot. Remove the cotton surrounding the roots and plant into a quality substrate.
CO2 injection and quality aquarium soil will yield better growth.
Please research appropriately to ensure your plant thrives.
Family Name: Alismataceae
Height: 4 to 6"
Co2: Not necessary
Propagation: Adventitious shoots
Growth rate: Fast