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Echinodorus bleheri - Broadleaved Amazon SwordplantMagyarul / Hungarian
Echinodorus bleheri - Broadleaved Amazon SwordplantEchinodorus bleheri - Broadleaved Amazon SwordplantEchinodorus bleheri - Broadleaved Amazon Swordplant
  • Scientific name: Echinodorus bleheri
  • Synonym: Echinodorus paniculatus, Echinodorus pangeri
  • Common name: Broadleaved Amazon Swordplant
  • Family: Alismataceae
  • Group: Aquarium plants
  • Max height: 50 cm
  • Distribution: South America
  • Habitat: Marshes, swamps
  • Substrate: Sand or gravel
  • Placement in aquarium: Middleground, background
  • Planting density: 1 plant for 40 cm2
  • Lighting needs: Medium-Bright
  • Temperature: 20-30 °C
  • pH: 5,5-9
  • Hardness: 4-20 NK°

Description: Echinodorus bleheri is the most widely available Amazon Sword species among aquarists, very similar to Echinodorus amazonicus, but the leaves are broader and can be straight. Can be used alone as a highlight in smaller tanks and, when there is space, in groups. Broadleaved Amazon Swordplants is undemanding, easy to grow and not very light demanding so this plant is recommended for beginner aquarists. One single plant can have up to 30 leaves and one leaf can reach a height of 30-50 cm and grow to be 4-8 cm wide. The leaves are sturdy and durable and healthy plants develop a bright to dark green coloration. It can grow both underwater and also coming above the water. Emersed leaves are shorter and not as narrow as the submersed leaves. It is recommended to trim its long leaves periodically. They do well in fine, iron-rich substrates, so provide a good source of iron, both in the substrate and through liquid fertilizers. If shorter, light green leaves suddenly develop an additional fertilization becomes necessary. Propagation is quite easy by adventitious plants that develop at the parent plant. When the new plant is big enough, simply cut it from the parent plant.

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