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Red Melon Sword (Echinodorus Barthii)

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Red Melon Sword (Echinodorus Barthii)

Red Melon Sword, also known as Echinodorus Barthii, produces large and attractive leaves that will exhibit green to golden-red coloration. The stems of the plant will typically be contrasting brown or red.  

Care & Maintenance for Red Melon Sword

Red Melon Sword is an undemanding plant that should do well in most aquarium environments. Like most sword plants, Red Melon Sword will do better when provided with good light, substrate, and fertilization. If planted in an iron-rich substrate or provided with a good source of iron (e.g. Liquid Iron Fertilizer), Red Melon Sword will produce larger leaves and stems which will be more intensely red in color.           

  • Minimum Lighting Required: Moderate
  • Temperature Range: 70-82°F
  • Tank Placement: Midground - Background

Red Melon Sword can be used as a focal plant in the aquarium. It should be planted in the midground or background areas of the aquarium. It can also be used to “cover” aquarium equipment such as aquarium heaters or filter intakes. Many fish love to swim among the leaves of this sword plant while others, like Discus Fish and Angelfish, will even lay their eggs on them.

We also offer many other varieties of sword plants, including Amazon Sword, Melon Sword, and Red Flame Sword.

Plants at Modern Aquarium

At Modern Aquarium, we strive to bring you healthy, beautiful specimens in every order. While the photos on our website are just examples of what you will receive, we do examine each plant in person before shipping it to you. If you have any questions about what to expect from your order, how to plant your new specimen, or the best starter plants for your tank, reach out to us any time!

Reviews (17)

  • 5
    Nice plant, good roots, small though
    Posted by Tim on 2 Mar 2022

    Just got this in, shipping was two days. Plant looks great, nice roots growing. Only a few inches tall but looks healthy.

  • 5
    Red melon sword
    Posted by Rachelle Scarlett on 18 Jan 2022

    A beautiful little plant. Very healthy

  • 4
    red melon sword
    Posted by Elaine on 9 Dec 2021

    A tiny bit squished, but seems to be thriving nicely. Healthy overall.

  • 5
    Great size very healthy plant
    Posted by Matthew Vrablic on 23 Nov 2021

    Beautiful green and red upod delivery. Would definitely order again

  • 4
    red melon sword
    Posted by Mike on 13 Oct 2021

    arrived in good condition

  • 5
    Melon Swords
    Posted by Fran Szymanek on 9 Jun 2021

    The melon swords were large and healthy when they arrived. Acclimating now. P.S. They arrived quickly!

  • 5
    Huge Plant
    Posted by Jason on 17 Mar 2021

    Came as a pretty big full plant! Was able to make a couple out of what I got! A few leaves have died off, however there is new growth and they are filling out more! My leaves are red however and not the stems....

  • 5
    Posted by Kim on 30 Dec 2020

    Small but dense, and healthy. A nice surprise!

  • 4
    nice plants
    Posted by J, Robert Stanley on 30 Dec 2020

    the color is very nice

  • 5
    Red Melon Sword
    Posted by Karen Sheehan on 22 Dec 2020

    All the plants I have gotten from modern aquarium have been healthy and in excellent condition.

  • 5
    Posted by JONI on 20 Nov 2020

    Arrived in great condition. Unlike the photo on the website, mine had several deep purple leaves, pleasant surprise! Came with robust roots, I had to cut them back a bit but the plant shows no negative response to the root trim. Very satisfied.

  • 5
    Posted by Mike on 21 Oct 2020

    Very high quality plants. I have ordered plants from many places, but Modern Aquarium beats them all both in price & quality.