Name: Echinodorus martii (maior)|
My plant has been growing for about 6 months now and is about 2 foot high. It likes co2 and thrives under bright lights. It recently grew a clawlike flower wich extended out of the top of my tank. It is a nice plant to sit and look at and takes pride of place in my tank. This picture was taken about 3 weeks ago and the plants leaves are now level with the top of the tank.
I have one E. martii in my reasonably well lit 370 L planted tank. I have found the plant to be quite hardy and mine is now thriving. I only very recently introduced CO2 fertilization and this plant has now exploded with new leaves and has turned itself into a show piece in my tank. I would recommend it to experienced fishkeepers and new comer alike.
I made the mistake of adding two of these plants to a 30 cm high 60 L tank. At the time I didn't realize just how big they got, but for some reason neither plant seems to be able to maintain its leaves, after a while they just die off. Luckily they grow new ones at a rate of about one a week. It is still a great plant, but I found algae grew on it easily. I would recommend this plant to anyone with a lot of space in their aquarium. I would advise against putting it in a corner as they have a large root area. One thing, it differs from the normal variety of Amazon sword in that its leaves also spread out horizontally as opposed to just reaching up.
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