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Alternanthera Reineckii
  • Alternanthera Reineckii

Alternanthera Reineckii

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Common Name: Red Mint

Plant Use:

Difficulty Level: Medium

Light Demand: Medium

Co2 Demand: Medium

Fertilizer Demand: Medium

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Plant Pictures shown are of Submersed Grown Plants in Aquariums under Optimum Plant Growing Conditions. Plants Sent are grown in Farms in Emmersed or Submersed Conditions depending on variety. Hence, Plant/Leaf Structures may vary from that shown in pictures. When they are grown submersed in aquariums under Optimum Growing Conditions as required by the Plant (Light, Co2 and Nutrients) they will get the appearance as shown in pictures

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Description: Alternanthera reineckii, commonly known as Scarlet Temple or AR, is a striking and colorful aquatic plant that adds a touch of elegance to freshwater aquariums. Originating from South America, this species belongs to the amaranth family (Amaranthaceae) and is well-regarded for its vibrant hues and unique leaf shape.

The plant typically features lance-shaped leaves with shades ranging from green to red, depending on the lighting conditions and nutrient levels in the aquarium. The intense red and pink colors become more pronounced under high light and nutrient-rich environments, creating a visually stunning focal point in the tank. The leaves are arranged oppositely along the stem, forming dense clusters that enhance the overall aesthetic appeal.

Plant Information:

  • Scientific Name: Alternanthera reineckii
  • Common Names: Scarlet Temple, AR
  • Family: Amaranthaceae
  • Origin: South America
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Advanced
  • Lighting Requirements: Moderate to High
  • CO2 Requirement: Beneficial but not mandatory
  • Temperature Range: 72-82°F (22-28°C)
  • pH Range: 6.0-7.0
  • Propagation: Cuttings, side shoots

Growing Information:

1. Lighting: Providing moderate to high lighting is crucial for the optimal growth and coloration of Alternanthera reineckii. High-quality aquarium LED lights with a spectrum conducive to plant growth are recommended.

2. Substrate: Use a nutrient-rich substrate to support the plant's root system. A combination of nutrient-rich soil and gravel or sand can provide an ideal environment for growth.

3. CO2 and Nutrients: While CO2 supplementation is not mandatory, it greatly benefits the plant's growth. Additionally, regular dosing of a comprehensive liquid fertilizer containing essential nutrients like iron, potassium, and trace elements is essential for maintaining vibrant colors.

4. Pruning: Regular pruning helps maintain the plant's shape, encourages bushier growth, and prevents overcrowding. Trim the tops regularly to promote lateral shoots and create a dense, compact appearance.

5. Placement: Plant Alternanthera reineckii in the mid to background of the aquarium. Its intense colors make it an excellent choice for creating visual interest in the design.

6. Water Parameters: Maintain stable water parameters with a temperature range of 72-82°F (22-28°C) and a slightly acidic to neutral pH between 6.0-7.0.

7. Propagation: Alternanthera reineckii can be propagated through stem cuttings or by separating side shoots from the main plant. Plant the cuttings into the substrate, and they will develop roots and grow into new individuals.

By following these guidelines, aquarists can enjoy the beauty of Alternanthera reineckii and create a captivating underwater landscape in their aquariums.


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