Requiring little attention while providing tons of color and texture to the home aquarium, the Red Flame is a great sword plant for beginners. Hardy and undemanding, its wide tall leaves add swaying movement and a lush backdrop to planted community tanks.
Echinodorus Red Flame is a hybrid between Echinodorus schlueteri 'Leopard' and Echinodorus barthii. Red Flame is very similar in appearance to The Ozelot Sword, but with larger swatches of red running along its leaves compared to the leopard-like spots of the Ozelot.
The Red Flame is a relatively easy plant to maintain, but grows rather large in the aquarium. Use this plant as a background in the smaller aquarium, and as a mid-ground focal point in the larger aquarium. Do not allow the leaves of this plant to shade neighboring plants. It requires a moderate level of light of 2 to 3 watts per gallon provided by full spectrum (5000-7000K) bulbs.
Reproduction within this species is by adventitious plants, side shoots, and rhizome division. Simply allow the plant to reproduce by one of the above methods, and when the new plant forms its own leaves, separate and replant in another location of the aquarium. The Red Flame is sensitive to copper, so this type of medication should not be added to the aquarium where it is contained.
Approximate Shipping Size: Bare Root 4" to 6"