The Ozelot Sword is actually a cross between two Echinodorus plants, therefore letting it develop both a beautiful and unique red color that comes from the golden-red and pale red-brown of the two plants it is crossed with!

The Ozelot Sword only grows to a height of 8 to 12 inches, making it a wonderful and decorative plant for small aquariums. The grow slowly, but if given plenty of nutrients and strong lights they will grow large and broad leaves that have unique red colorings. One thing that is very important is to make sure that a good source of iron is present all the time. Without the proper amount of iron, these plants will produce weak and thin-looking leaves, which will eventually break down altogether and cause the plant to die.

For more Information on keeping a planted aquarium see:
About Planted Aquariums, Adding Aquatic Plants For a Healthy Aquarium



   They originate in South America.

Water conditions:

   Temperature: 68-72° F (20-22° C)
   pH: 5.5 – 7.0
   dCH: 2-15


   Light level: Moderate to High


   The Ozelot Sword Plant can be propagated by adventitious plantlets that grow off the main plant.


   Ozelot Swords are readily available.

Echino ozelot (Image Credit: Marrabbio2, Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)