Scientific name: Aglaonema simplex
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 20 - 40 cm (7.87 - 15.75 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 28 °C (71.6 - 82.4°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Rhizome
Origin (in the wild): South Asia
How fast these plants grow: Slow
Recommended substrate: Sand
Demands on lighting: Medium
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Middle
Malayan Sword, Borneo sword
Asia; as the common names suggest, Aglaonema simplex are to be found in Malaysia Philippines and Borneo.
Aglaonema simplex is a rhizome plant. When first planting in the tank ensure that the rhizome is not fully submerged under the substrate or it will rot and the plant will die. Propagation is easy as the rhizome can be spit into smaller pieces and these can then be planted on the substrate.
Easy, these plants may require fertiliser being used until they establish themselves in the tank.
Although this plant is not strictly classed as aquatic, they can survive just as well underwater as on boggy land. A very easy plant to grow that will not spread too quickly so maintenance is low.