Mini Alternanthera reineckii (Alternanthera reineckii var. "Mini") Tissue Culture
Mini Alternanthera reineckii is a gorgeous red carpeting plant that has the potential to be a standout in any planted aquarium!
Mini Alternanthera reineckii (Alternanthera reineckii var. “Mini”) is a very popular foreground plant for the serious planted freshwater aquarium. With proper care, this hardy, slow-growing plant can flourish and form a dense carpet in aquariums of all sizes, and it is an excellent foreground plant for larger aquariums. Its bright red to maroon coloration is very uncommon among most aquarium plants, and its relatively simple requirements make it an excellent candidate to be a standout plant in the aquarium.
This variety of Mini Alternanthera reineckii requires moderate to high lighting. Its horizontal and side stems can be trimmed and replanted to increase the size of the mat. If used for carpeting the aquarium, it should be trimmed weekly to promote horizontal growth. It will grow much more quickly in nutrient-rich substrate. It will also benefit from CO2 supplementation, but this is not absolutely required. Fertilizers, including iron, will often be helpful in assuring that this plant maintains its best deep red coloration.
This listing is for the tissue culture form of Mini Alternanthera reineckii. Tissue cultures are superior to traditional forms of aquarium plants in many ways. They are produced in a completely sterile environment which eliminates the possibility of them carrying pest snails or algae spores. They have a shelf life of several months if properly maintained and they are housed in a nutrient gel until introduced to the aquarium. To introduce a tissue culture plant to the aquarium, simply rinse off as much nutrient gel as possible, then plant as usual. The nutrient gel will not harm your aquarium.
Like most plants, Mini Alternanthera reineckii will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, Flourish Nitrogen, Flourish Iron, and other plant supplements.
What We Like About This Plant:
- Vibrant red-maroon coloration
- Moderate care, including lighting
- Excellent foreground plant
- Provides protective cover for fry
- Tissue cultures contain no unwanted pest animals or algae
- Temperature: 63° - 82° F (17° - 28° C)
- pH: 6.0 – 7.0
- Lighting: Moderate to high
- Potential Height: 4 - 6 inches (10 – 15 cm)
- Origin: Indigenous to South America,“cloned” in tissue cultures
- Aquarium Placement: Foreground
- Care: Moderate
- Growth Rate: Slow
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