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Ruffle Leaf Sword

(Echinodorus martii)

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 Quick Care Facts

• Care Level: Easy   • Lighting:Medium   • Maximum Size: 20"
• Placement: Midground to Background   • Water Conditions: 72-84° F, pH 5.0-7.5, KH 3-8
• Propagation: Rhizome Division, Adventitious Plants   • Color Forms: Green
Supplements: Iron, High Quality Substrate Fertilizer, Trace Elements
• Origin: South America   • Family: Alismataceae

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Native Habitat and Species Information

Ruffle Leaf Sword native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.

Echinodorus martii, also known as the Ruffle Leaf Sword, is an attractive species can be found on the shores of rivers, lakes and streams in South America. The Ruffle Leaf Sword will provide a nice contrast to any aquarium with its long, light-green, undulate leaves that have ruffled edges. The Ruffle Leaf Sword will grow to reach 20+ inches tall and is often used as a large, beautiful centerpiece.

Aquarium Care

How to successfully keep Ruffle Leaf Sword in the home aquarium.

The Ruffle Leaf Sword requires a nutrient-rich substrate and iron-rich fertilizer, as well as moderate lighting of 2 to 3 watts per gallon from full spectrum (5000-7000K) bulbs. The Ruffle Leaf Sword will benefit from CO2 injection and as with other Echinodorus species, the Ruffle Leaf Sword is usually left alone by herbivorous and large fish. Keep in mind that this species is sensitive to copper.

Propagation Information

How to propagate and grow Ruffle Leaf Sword.

The Ruffle Leaf Sword propagates from adventitious plants and rhizome division. Once the new plant establishes a root system and a few leaves, cut it at the root with very sharp, sterilized scissors and gently press the "baby" into the substrate.

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