Quick Care Facts
• Care Level: Easy • Lighting: Medium to High • Maximum Size: 24"
• Placement: Midground to Background • Water Conditions: 64-76° F, pH 5.0-7.0, KH 3-8
• Propagation: Adventitious Shoots, Rhizome Division • Color Forms: Dark to Lime-Green
Supplements: Iron, High Quality Substrate Fertilizer, CO2 Supplementation
• Origin: South America • Family: Alismataceae
Native Habitat and Species Information
Echinodorus uruguayensis native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.
Echinodorus uruguayensis is native to South America and can be found in cool, acidic waters with a rapid current. Echinodorus uruguayensis has long, dark to lime-green leaves, making it a very beautiful centerpiece for large aquariums.
How to successfully keep Echinodorus uruguayensis in the home aquarium.
Echinodorus uruguayensis requires a nutrient rich substrate as well as moderate to high intensity lighting of at least 2 to 3 watts per gallon from full spectrum (5000-7000K) bulbs. Cool, slightly acidic water, nutrient rich substrate, and CO2 injection will promote robust, vigorous growth (a new leaf, weekly, is not uncommon).
In contrast to other large Echinodorus species, Echinodorus uruguayensis will not form floating leaves. This species is known to form an unusual amount of leaves under optimal conditions.
How to propagate and grow Echinodorus uruguayensis.
Echinodorus uruguayensis propagates by rhizomes or adventitious shoots. Once the new plant establishes a root system (while still connected to the "mother" plant), simply cut it at the root with very sharp, sterilized scissors and replant the "baby" into the substrate.
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