04-11-2010, 09:25 AM
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Is this the same as narrowleaf mirco chainsword?
Probably not. This plant Lisa has (and I have) is Echinodorus tenellus, commonly called the pygmy chain sword. Many fish stores are now carrying quality plants that have tags attached, so check the scientific name which is the only way to be sure--though I have seen these incorrect a couple times. But if it is Echinodorus tenellus you're OK.
There is another plant that is not in the Echinodorus genus that is cometimes called sword, and micro too. Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
is the scientific name, photo attached. I've not tried this plant myself; I understand from several sources it is not easy, requires brighter light and good nutrients. It is more of a "carpet" type than the Echinodorus species. I have a plan to set up a 10g in the southwest window of my fish room (for light) with sand, and I am thinking of plants like this to experiment.