Echinodorus argentinensis XL
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Position in Aquarium: Background
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Growth rate: Medium pace
The image of the plant you'll be receiving is just an example of what you can expect. Each plant is unique and may vary in size and shape, so it won't be an exact match to the photo. If we provide a size guide, keep in mind that it's just an estimate and that plants can vary in size depending on the time of year.
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If you order before 4pm we dispatch the same working day (Mon-Fri). Shipping prices start at £4.99 depending on the speed of delivery required.
Echinodorus argentinensis is one of the larger varieties and requires ample space in your aquarium. Prefers open top aquariums to look their best as the leaves can easily grow through the surface. The ornamental leaves are extremely sturdy and with little effort, they produce shoots and display beautiful white blossom flowers. For this reason, we recommend this plant for anyone who is new to the hobby or has a large aquarium.
Like all plants, they need daily fertilisers and liquid carbon (use Neutro T and Neutro CO2) and also pop 3 root tabs (use TerraTabs) underneath the root ball every 3 months.
Note: as with all XL plants they will vary to the picture which is purely an example. Some will be bigger some will be smaller but that's not something we have ANY control over as we are not the growers. What we can agree on is the bottom of the pot to the top of the leaf will be a minimum of 25cm when the plant has been in your tank for a couple of days (they need time to stretch out after shipping). If you are really after a specific size, message us prior to sending. Lastly, XL plants tend to only be readily available in the summer. In winter, plants grow much slower and as a result, XL plants are less available.
1. Go large
Xl Plants are the biggest plants available to hobbyists and sometimes extremely impressive, especially in the summer time. Pots are typically 9cm+ but the range is fairly limited so if you see one you like, best to go for it.
Why is the range limited in the winter?
Plants grow much slower due to the weather and the cost to heat gigantic greenhouses. As a result, in the cooler months plants are typically 30-40% smaller than they are in the warmer months.
2. Planting up
Due to their size, they're best positioned towards the back of your aquarium. Of course, some of them will be better tied onto wood or rock (like Anubias). It is possible to leave these plants in their pots if you prefer, but we always recommend that where possible, you take them out of their pots and rockwool, and plant them in a nutrient rich soil. Bear in mind the plants may have extensive root structure but this can be trimmed prior to planting.
How much food do they need?
Due to their size, larger plants need much more food than the 5cm potted plants so this has to be considered when planting.
What fertilisers should I offer?
We always recommend using both a nutrient rich fertiliser and a liquid carbon for all plants. Use Neutro T as a liquid fertiliser and Neutro CO2 for your carbon. Both are available in big bottles and if you are injecting pressurised CO2, sway the Neutro T for Neutro+.
Are root tabs needed?
If you want to get the best from your plants, so they stay strong, grow faster and produce better colours then yes. Use TerraTabs for best results. Insert 3 under each XL plant every 4 months.
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