Dwarf Chain Sword (Echinodorus tenellus)

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So who doesn't like a strong, low growing FOREGROUND PLANT?   These Dwarf Chain Swords are actually- YES-  a type of Amazon Sword. (The shortest variety)

When you hear the words "Amazon Sword" I hope you instantly think heavy root feeder.  These dwarf chain swords are no exception...  I recommend a good substrate that is not just plain gravel.  I have grown them in Fluval Stratum as well as some other store bought "Plant Substrates"

What I like about these FOREGROUND Aquarium Plants is the narrow leaves that they develop once they have started growing under water. 

Just like all plants and particularly Amazon Swords, there will be a slight melt back as the leaves change from above water growth to below.... but I can tell you - and show you in the pics...it is worth the weight.

We are selling "Plugs" of theses plants that are rolled with foam around a rock then secured with a rubber band. (This is done to keep the plant upright and growing roots, while we sink it to the bottom of the tank and convert it)

Each plug comes with 5-7 stems of Dwarf Chain Sword

Care Scale of 1-10:

3.0 (grows better in good substrate, either dirt or a "Plant substrate" Can hand a PH from 6.5 to 8.  It doesn't care about temps (can handle as low as 65 up to 80 degrees)


Grows OK in medium light, but creates a carpet faster in higher light. It will give you better, look under higher light where it grows thin, but dense carpet.

Where to Plant:


Other options?  If you are a total beginner, skip this plant and grab some DWARF SAG..

Don't Forget To Buy our 
Growth Juice and Iron Supplements for your plants!!

Customer Reviews

Based on 53 reviews
Rick Watkins
Pygmy chain swords

Plugs and plants were smaller than pictured, but were healthy and more plants were received than expected. Over all pleased and will order again.


Purchased one of these and was able to divide it up. A week later and seems to be doing great!

David Young
Nice but small roots

This is a nice looking plant but had very few roots. Some got pulled out when I carefully took it out of the starter plug to plant.

Dwarf Chain Swords

Arrived in great shape and so many of them. Thanks for the help with getting my carpet started! Plants were packed, as usual. Dustin and crew take great care to ensure your plants arrive healthy to make you happy.

George F.
Arrived in great shape and looked great

I previously ordered this for a nano cube. It worked out so well, I order more. It arrives in great shape and grows quickly and that's exactly what I need it for. I use it to fill in and add a little more texture to my foreground by adding it behind dwarf hairgrass. This works a charm and you get really high quality plants from Dustins. I highly recommend this plant.