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scarlet temple (Alternanthera Reineckii) experience

Anybody have any experience, tips or knowledge on growing this plant, or just general info on how it grows.


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Also does anyone know the minimum light requirements


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I have had a type of Alternanthera Reinecki for several months now, I only have high light and co2 injected aquariums, but it seems to grow great in both my aquariums. I do notice in my 10 gallon that it will grow more compactly with smaller leaves, and when I move it into my 75 gallon it will grow longer leaves and grow a bit taller. It is an easy plant to split and turn into more, since it is a stem plant you can wait and it will start to grow roots out of the stem and you can cut it below that and plant, or you can simply trim the top 1/3 of it off and replant and it will grow a root system. I do think this is a moderately fast growing plant, I have at least doubled the amount that I own already in the past two months. It looks great and adds some amazing color to an aquarium, I think pretty much anyone can grow it. In lower light conditions you may not be able to get as good of color as you would in high light but I believe it will still grow well.

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Definitely a light loving plant. It also likes some room around it. At lowered light levels it will grow taller and may loose its lower leaves.

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My experience is that it wants as much light as you can afford, and don't bother without pressurized CO2. Others may have had different experiences. These are mine.


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Anyone know about fertilizer dosing?


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My experience is that it wants as much light as you can afford, and don't bother without pressurized CO2. Others may have had different experiences. These are mine.

That is the same experience I am having as well, unfortunately I don't have co2, and won't for at least a month :/, but you can definitely tell that the plant is not growing as it would provided co2


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A few picture of a baby plant that I've had growing for about a week.
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A few picture of a baby plant that I've had growing for about a week.

Now is that with or without co2, high, medium or low light?


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Now I'm wondering if it will survive through the next month in the lower light I have it in wIthout co2 or if I should switch my lamp back to high light and just deal with the algae


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I'm no expert, but I'm under the impression that any red plant requires high light. I never had any luck with red plants under low light.
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Yeah you need good lights and CO2 for this lil beauty. The more of each teh wider and more full the leaves become. I have it in a lower CO2/light tank and they are pretty thin and grow very slow. In my hi CO2, Hi light tank leaves grow about 4x wider and fuller
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I think I'm going to switch back to my quad lamp 36" aquaticlife after today and just handle the algae, at least for a week or two until it has an established root system...what kind of substrates are you guys using/recommend?


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So that baby and several of my mothers are in a 10 gallon with a 26watt CFL bulb and co2 injection. The co2 is new however, I just upgraded my 75 gallon aquarium's co2 system and hooked up my paintball co2 system to my 10 gallon. I was growing them fine with the following:

10 gallon tank
26 watt cfl (equal to a 100 watt regular bulb)
5 ml excel daily
1/2 ml flourish 3 times a week
1/2 ml iron 3 time a week

I have stopped dosing the excel because I now have co2 injection but I am still dosing those fertilizers until they run out and then I will be swapping back to dry ferts on this tank. I am just trying to clean out my aquarium chemical collection., I have amassed a pretty big collection of stuff from sales and what friends have given me, need to get rid of most of it, so best way to do that is use it I suppose.
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So that baby and several of my mothers are in a 10 gallon with a 26watt CFL bulb and co2 injection. The co2 is new however, I just upgraded my 75 gallon aquarium's co2 system and hooked up my paintball co2 system to my 10 gallon. I was growing them fine with the following:

10 gallon tank
26 watt cfl (equal to a 100 watt regular bulb)
5 ml excel daily
1/2 ml flourish 3 times a week
1/2 ml iron 3 time a week

I have stopped dosing the excel because I now have co2 injection but I am still dosing those fertilizers until they run out and then I will be swapping back to dry ferts on this tank. I am just trying to clean out my aquarium chemical collection., I have amassed a pretty big collection of stuff from sales and what friends have given me, need to get rid of most of it, so best way to do that is use it I suppose.

If you could, I would love to see a picture...are they growing tall and stringy or short and full?


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