Corkscrew Chain Sword (Helanthium augustifolia "Vesuvius") Tissue Culture
Corkscrew Chain Sword is a rather new, unique variant that is a very interesting midground or background plant!
Corkscrew Chain Sword (Helanthium augustifolia "Vesuvius", formerly Echinodorus augustifolia) is a somewhat newly-developed cultivar of its species. This prolific plant develops tightly spiraling leaves and can thrive under moderate or high lighting and does not have any special requirements beyond nutrient-rich substrate (which is a requirement of most aquatic plants with roots). It propagates through runners and plantlets, which can be clipped and replanted elsewhere in the aquarium. It can also be planted emersed in terrariums, paludariums, and viquariums.
Care for Corkscrew Chain Sword is very simple. It grows quickly when provided with nutrient-rich substrate and moderate lighting. It will grow at a slower pace under low lighting. It should not be planted in the shadows of taller plants. Under optimal conditions, it can grow at such a rate that it needs to pruned regularly. Like many plants, this plant will respond significantly to CO2.
This listing is for the tissue culture form of Corkscrew Chain Sword. Tissue cultures are superior to traditional forms of aquarium plants in many ways. They are produced in a completely sterile environment which eliminates the possibility of them carrying pest snails or algae spores. They have a shelf life (before introduction to the aquarium) of several months if properly maintained and they are housed in a nutrient gel until introduced to the aquarium. To introduce a tissue culture plant to the aquarium, simply rinse off as much nutrient gel as possible, then plant as usual. The nutrient gel will not harm your aquarium.
What We Like About This Plant:
- Tissue cultures contain no unwanted pest animals or algae
- Excellent in low-tech setups
- Prolific and easy to prune
- Larger than most chain sword plants
- Very easy to maintain
- Temperature: 50° - 86° F (10° - 30° C), although the cooler end of this range is not optimal
- pH: 5.0 - 7.0
- Lighting: Moderate to High
- Origin: Lab-grown tissue culture, but indigenous to Mexico, Central America, and South America
- Aquarium placement: Midground to Background
- Care: Easy
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