Dwarf Chain Sword (Echinodorus tenellus)

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We Grow this plant in house.  It's growing under water and you won't find any dwarf chain swords that hold up like this.

The picture below is one of our growing basins after a couple of weeks. This is a great display as to why aquarium hobbyists often use this a carpet plant. When this tub fills up, we will add that :)

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

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Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Got a double portion!

The plants were still converting so they gave me an extra couple. I have absolutely no reason to go elsewhere for plants. They wanted to know how my buce did as well, and it seems to look identical to the other variety they have.

Healthy plants!

These arrived healthy and green along with the rest of my order. They were well packaged and arrived in great shape. I received plenty of plants, so I'll have a nice carpet once they fill in. Thank you DFT!

Liquid sword for foreground

Arrived quickly and healthy. Using root tabs, have flourite substrate and swords feed from roots, as well as pruning melt off as Dustin recommends. Looking forward to them flushing out after they finish melting back. Excellent customer service, instructions on care, healthy products, coming back for more :)

couldn't be any better

This plant is as healthy as can be it's thriving in my tank right now

Dwarf chain swords

I ordered some foreground plants and received some very nice plants. Dustin worked with me to make sure I knew what I was ordering and what to expect. I’m super happy with my plants. Thanks Dustin and tank on!