The Flame Sword (Echinodorus red flame) has dark green leave with distinct rusty red small spotting; it is not a common aquarium plant. It a tall plant, therefore better suited as a middle ground to background plant that will add nice texture to your freshwater planted aquarium. The leaves are more rigid than the amazon sword, and make a good perch for small plecos, farlowella and panda garras to hang on.
It is an easy plant to maintain, but grows tall in the aquarium. It requires a moderate level of light of 2 to 3 watts per gallon provided by a full spectrum light.
This species will propagate is by side shoots, rhizome division or a new plant will form at the end of one of its old leaves. Just separate the new plant and re-plant.
All plants are sensitive to copper; the Red Flame Sword is no exception. Be aware about the type of medication you are introducing to the aquarium, especially chemicals to control snails infestation, those are usually copper based and should not be added to a planted aquarium.
This plant will benefits from the additions of CO2 and fertilizers.
Light Needs: Medium
Plant Structure: Rosette
Purchase size: 4"-5"