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Echinodorus Green Leopard
(Echinodorus Schlueteri)

Amazon Sword Plant

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Scientific name
Echinodorus Schlueteri

Common name
Echinodorus Green Leopard
Schlüter`s Froschlöffel (DE)


what are his countries of origin?

Origin: South America

Ideal fertilization

how to fertilize this plant?

CO2: 10-40mg/l
Nitrates (NO3): 10-50mg/l
Phosphates (PO4): 0.1-3mg/l
Potassium (K): 5-30mg/l
Iron (Fe): 0.01-0.5mg/l


which group is this plant?



what is the type of plant?



What are the Water parameters for the maintenance of this plant?

T°: 21 to 28°C or 70 to 82°F
pH: 6 to 8
Hardness: 5 to 15°dGH





what brightness is needed?



what is the maximum size of the plant?

15 to 25 cm (6 to 10")


in which area of the aquarium install this plant?

Foreground or middle


how fast does this plant grow?



Who is the Echinodorus Schlueteri?


Who is the Echinodorus Schlueteri?

This pretty plant forms broad oval leaves. It is easy to maintain whatever the parameters of the medium: pH, hardness or temperature leaves it completely indifferent. The leaves present rather clear brown-red spots when they are young, and they become very clear when the leaves grow old.

Planting and maintenance

How to plant and maintain the Echinodorus Schlueteri?

Planting and maintenance

How to plant and maintain the Echinodorus Schlueteri?

The main requirement of this plant is to have enough light. It is also a species greedy in nutritive elements and it must absolutely be planted in a rich soil. Moreover, if the ends of the leaves start to yellow or become translucent, it is a sign of a deficiency (generally it is a lack of iron). To avoid this, fertilize your aquarium with fertilizer on a fairly regular basis.

Because of its large leaves, plant a single plant every 30 cm (12").

Your plant is doing well but seems to be able to grow? Don't worry, this is normal. Indeed, even if it is maintained in ideal conditions, its growth remains slow and it produces only a few new leaves per year.

Be careful because this Echinodorus is sensitive to algae attacks. Cut the most affected leaves and rebalance as quickly as possible the biology of your aquarium to avoid the appearance of algae (population, maintenance, lighting system ...).


How to farm the Echinodorus Schlueteri?


How to farm the Echinodorus Schlueteri?

You can do this in two ways:
1. divide the rhizome
2. more commonly: separate a seedling formed at the end of a stolon (a stem formed from the mother foot and extending further) and transplant it to the desired location. Be careful, separate the young shoot when its roots are already developed.

Good To know

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Good To know

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Many varieties of Echinodorus Schlueteri are easy to grow and will be perfect for beginners. However, a well known and very popular variant, Leopard Echinodorus Schlueteri, is a little more difficult (but nothing insurmountable). This variety is smaller and its leaves are mottled with reddish-brown (even more pronounced under strong light). Even if it seems attractive, this variety is more difficult to maintain than the others: demanding in luminosity, CO2 diffusion and soil fertilization.

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