Amazon Sword | Echinodorus Amazonicus

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Step into the world of aquascaping excellence with the Amazon Sword, the aquatic plant MVP for your fish tank! This green gem is not just a pretty face; it's one of the easiest additions you can make to your underwater haven.


  • Sword-like majesty: As its name suggests, the Amazon Sword boasts long, broad leaves that resemble elegant green swords. These leaves can reach up to 2 feet in length, creating a stunning focal point in any aquascape.

  • Diverse forms: Beyond the classic green, several cultivars offer exciting variations, including red-tinged leaves, wavy margins, and even twisted shapes. This diversity allows you to personalize your underwater world with unique textures and colors.

  • Submerged grace: While the leaves take center stage, don't overlook the beauty of the submerged stems. They often display intricate patterns and subtle colorations, adding another layer of visual interest to the plant.

Adaptability and Care:

  • Hardy survivor: The Amazon Sword thrives in a wide range of water conditions, tolerating temperatures between 68-82°F (20-28°C), moderate to high lighting, and a slightly acidic to neutral pH range. This makes it a forgiving choice for beginners.

  • Moderate grower: Unlike some fast-growing plants, the Amazon Sword takes its time, reaching its full size gradually. This slower growth can be advantageous for aquascapers who prefer a more controlled visual development.

  • Nutrient enthusiast: As a heavy feeder, this plant benefits from regular fertilization with root tabs or comprehensive plant nutrients. Iron-rich formulas can help enhance its vibrant green coloration.


  • Visual impact: The Amazon Sword's imposing stature and elegant leaves make it a captivating focal point in any aquascape. It adds grandeur and drama, creating a lush underwater jungle atmosphere.

  • Hiding haven: The dense foliage provides excellent hiding places and security for fish fry, shrimp, and other small aquatic creatures. They'll appreciate the safe haven within its leafy fortress.

  • Water purifier: This plant helps absorb excess nutrients from the water, preventing algae growth and maintaining good water quality for a healthy aquatic ecosystem.

  • Oxygen provider: The Amazon Sword contributes to oxygenation in the water column, further benefiting the health of your aquatic inhabitants.

Best Roommates:

  • Java Fern (Midground to background)
  • Anubias Nana (Midground to background)
  • Cryptocoryne Wendtii (Foreground to midground)
  • Ludwigia SP Red (Background)
  • Alternanthera Reineckii (Background)



    Scientific Name: Echinodorus Amazonicus

    Care Level: Easy

    Lighting Requirement: Low

    Co2: Not Needed

    Growth Rate: Medium

    Origin: South America

    Tank Placement: Midground-Background

    Tank Size: Sword plants in general can grow between 8-16". You can trim off outer leaves to try and keep it groomed to your preferred size.

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