Pygmy Chain Sword (Echinodorus tenellus)
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Pygmy Chain Sword (Echinodorus tenellus)


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Common Name: Pygmy Chain Sword
Proper Name: Echinodorus tenellus
Category: Rosette Plants
Temperature: 19 - 28 C
PH: 5.0 - 7.5
Lighting: Medium
Growth Rate: Medium
Difficulty: Easy
Origin: Americas
Position in Aquascape: Mid-Ground,Foreground
 
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One of my favorites!!! This little critter is dynamite! I planted two plants and within a week's time, they both produced runners, and I wake up to at least 3 new plantlets each morning! Needless to say, the gravel bed of my tank looks like its covered in the greenest of grass. My substrate is just your average gravel...no laterite, etc....and I use a dyi CO2 unit.
 
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I was having trouble with this until I put some root tablets into the substrate and now its growing every day.
 
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does this can live with no ferts no co2 just fish only???
 
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Yes, I can live without CO2 and fertilization. Medium light makes this plant grow big lush bushes. High light is not so good for it.
 
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I tired micro sword with no good luck. i pick some of this up today, how fast will it grow with medium lighting in a 10g? or how long will it take for me to see a think carpet in a 10g.
 
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This a great carpet plant because it propagates really fast! It will need a good mineralized substrate, Co2 and high lighting for it to carpet, that is if you want it super thick and dense. As well it is a huge IRON hog, you have to give it a lot of IRON!!
 
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How do you trim it? Just cut it like grass? I put one in my tank and a few of the blades are melting back. I want to try to save it.
 
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Awesome carpet plant my tanks half way covered now liquid ferts dont seem to do anything for this plant. root tabs or nutrient substrate work best. API over the seachem ones seem to make them grow alot faster
 
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This is an amazing plant. With CO2 and low-medium light, it spreads quickly. Without CO2 its a slow grower and older growth will melt. Don't expect it to grow much without any CO2. I do have a nice carpet of it in a 10g that uses spiral CFL bulbs for light and no CO2 (it did have CO2 when it filled out to a carpet). To trim, just cut the runners and pull the plant out. There's no good reason for this unless you are selling, a plant is dying, or its growing out of the substrate for some reason. In high light this plant can turn pinkish and green. very nice looking.

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