Scientific name: Echinodorus quadricostatus
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 10 - 15 cm (3.94 - 5.91 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.4
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 21 - 28 °C (69.8 - 82.4°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Rhizome
Origin (in the wild): Central America
How fast these plants grow: Fast
Recommended substrate: Gravel
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Foreground
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There are two ways that this plant can be propagated. It is a rhizome plant and this can be divided to form other plants by re-planting the divisions. The most popular method is to allow the mother plant to send out runners, at each node new plants will form and these can be separated when fresh roots have developed. It is best to add root tabs to the substrate before planting these as they do require a lot of nutrients while they are settling in.
This plant is ideal as a foreground plant for larger aquariums but also it makes a great plant for small aquariums as they do not take up much space and are easy to maintain. They will adapt to lower levels of lighting but the growth rate will be reduced.