Echinodorus 'Rubin'

Echinodorus 'Rubin' in my aquarium
Echinodorus 'Rubin' after it had been in my aquarium for 5 months

Common name
Red Rubin

Description
In a rosette growing aquarium plant. This plant can become up to 60 cm high and can be a striking, large plant with brown-red leaves. This is a relative new plant, that's for sale since 1993.

My experiences
Despite the height this plant can reach I have planted this plant in front of my aquarium at first, where it replaced E. x barthii. The first picture of this page shows how this plant looked on this place after about two months. At that time the plant had reached a height of about 20 cm. After about 3 months this plant was about 30 cm high, which made it too big to stand in front of my aquarium. Therefore I moved this plant to the back of my aquarium. After about five months I removed this plant from my aquarium. This was not because it didn't grew well anymore, but because the plant didn't look nice in contrast with the back wall of my aquarium. Because the back wall of my aquarium is black, this red brown plant fell away in contrast with the back wall of my aquarium. The second picture of this page shows how this plant looked when I removed it. At time the plant had reached a height of about 45 cm.

Place and lighting in my aquarium
This plant did stand on the mid-front and right-back of my aquarium.. The lighting I used at the time was a 0.42 Watt/liter lumilux TL lighting (2*18 Watt).
 
Foot-note
The photographs on this page are taken from my own aquarium.

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