Echinodorus ovalis

 Quick Facts::  Echinodorus Ovalis
Care Level:Easy
Maximum Length:12″ (30cm)
Water Conditions:65-79 F, 18-26 C, pH 5.5-7.0
Propagation:Adventitious Shoots, Division

Echinodorus ovalis
is  related to Echinodorus cordifolius and listed by some authorities and importers as a synonym of that species, eg. E. cordifolius 'ovalis'. Originating from Cuba this small, orbiculate "sword" plant has low, wide growth which makes it suitable for small aquariums. The leaves are green and trimmed with very distinct pelucid lines.  

Water Conditions
65-79° F,  18-26° C
KH 3-8
pH 5.5-7.0

Provide a medium amount of light in the range of 2 watts per gallon, using full spectrum bulbs.Ideal water conditions are a temperature between 65°-79°F, an alkalinity of 3 to 8 dKH, and a pH of 5.5-7.0. These plants benefit from regular additions of CO2, iron rich fertilizers, and trace elements. Iron deficiency can easily be detected as the leaves will turn pale. As with other Echinodorus species, Echinodorus ovalis is usually left alone by herbivorous and large fish.

Propagation of Echinodorus ovalis is relative easy. The plant forms stems which (unlike most other "sword" plants) bend down towards the bottom and form their own adventitious  plants. Allow the new plant to develop a root system prior to separating it from the mother plant. Once the new plant establishes a root system, cut it at the root with very sharp, sterilized scissors and replant the "baby".  Echinodorus ovalis is hardy and easy for both beginners and the more experienced.