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This long- and narrow-leaved plant resembles Vallisneria nana but belongs to the "chain swords" of the genus Helanthium. It entered the aquarium hobby in Europe in the 1960s under the name Echinodorus angustifolius. Nowadays it is rather rarely available. It is an amphibious plant that's said to originate in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. When it falls dry, it develops its emersed stage with much shorter, lanceolate aerial leaves and inflorescences with white flowers. The light to medium green, strap-shaped underwater leaves get more than 50 cm long and about 3-4 mm wide. This rosette plant sprouts long runners with a chain of many young plants above the bottom. It is the wild type of the cultivar 'Vesuvius' that was selected in the nursery Oriental in Singapore.
The Narrow-leaf swordplant is a quite easy, fast growing aquarium plant. Medium lighting is sufficient, the favourable temperatures lie between 20 and 28 °C and the carbonate hardness may reach about 12 °KH. As well as other plants of the Alismataceae family, it benefits much from a nutrient-rich bottom. An adequate iron supply is important to prevent chlorosis (pale green new leaves). Favourable conditions lead to rampant growth of runners that can be cut off before they get out of hand.
Helanthium bolivianum 'Angustifolius' looks decorative as a grass-like, freshly green stand in the background of an aquarium. The long leaves look especially well in tall tanks (more than 60 cm high). In lower aquariums they form long floating swathes beneath the surface. This classic aquarium plant is occasionally used for aquascapes in the Japanese nature aquarium style.
Please be aware that the submerse form of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.
Aquasabi is our own brand, under which we offer high-quality products with a very good price-performance ratio. Carefully selected CO2 diffusers, CO2 bubble counters or lily pipes are just some of the items we sell under this brand and which will surely add to the value und the beauty of any aquascape. For this reason, many aquascapers and planted tank enthusiasts use products by Aquasabi.
Besides the good price-performance ratio, our main focus is on the satisfaction of our customers. This is the reason why our doors are always open for those who need help with our products.
When it comes to special aquatic plants, water plants from Aquasabi are just the thing for you. We offer rarities from our own cultivating tanks or import them specifically. These plants are otherwise hard to come by, and most of them cannot be purchased from other shops. We have high quality standards, which make Aquasabi plants a good choice for aquascapers, planted tank enthusiasts and aquatic plant collectors who want to enrich their tanks with rare aquatic plants. Special mosses, particular stem plants, hard-to-come-by ferns or very rare forms of the genus Bucephalandra are only a few of the plants we are proud to offer.