Aquascaping Lab – ALTERNANTHERA Aquatic Plant technical description and management (all varieties)


Welcome on Aquascaping Lab channel in this video tutorial we are talking about Alternanthera plant and all varieties It comes from South America and spread to Africa and Asia the family is Amarantacee and is called Alternanthera because the flowers that grow in emergent forms are alternate on the stem is one of the first red variety to be introduced into the aquarium Not live in the undergrowth, but on the tropical river banks where the light is always beats so is a plant with very soft leaves that in adaptation maybe lose Often produces adventitious roots this means that the variety in question has not needed nutrients and then stretching them seeking the roots between internodes and nodes where they should start only the leaves let’ see some of the most commonly varietes of this plant Alternanthera CARDINALIS: Shows an almost purple color the leaves are among the largest and can reach 10 to 15 cm in length It has a fast growth if well kept and is not recommended for small tanks bear slightly more warmth, also can also stay in a more acidic water, as in nature Althernanthera OCIPUS “TF”: It presents a very particular color from pink to red fuchsia and orange which depends from offered nutrients With moore light, the color becomes more strong presents a very thin and resistant stem from fuchsia color rich in inflorescences in the form emerged, and very small leaf 5 to 7 cm Is perfect for growing submerged in the aquarium it seems almost a “bonsai”Althernanthera but if not pruned it grows in height up of the water’s edge Much more resistant than the other and can also be kept in smaller aquariums Althernanthera REINECKII PURPLE: It has a very bright color that goes in purple the leaves are very delicate, wide and elongated but unlike the cousin cardinalis (more easy to grow) leaves grows closer between internode so that in submerged form is thick and lush but only if all macro and micro nutrients are sufficient Althernanthera REINECKII MINI: has a very narrow leaf less than 0,5 cm wide and a maximum of 2 cm long has a very tough stems and colored but at the same time very subtle for each node start many leaves so in submerged form is more and thick and lush It grows slightly in height, but we advise to prune all the time so keep it low and lush We believe it is an excellent variety for smaller tanks and recommended as a variety of Alternanthera for newbies as the crop is much easier than other Alternanthera remember that Alternanthera tend to become high so are for background tank talking about reproduction and moltiplication, they can be pruned and replanted in the substrate by cuttings If desired we can also use them as epiphytic plants, on driftwood or stones talking about fertilization and substrate they need a lot of CO2 and very strong and direct light otherwise the leaves tend to deteriorate recommend more than 6000° kelvin They need balanceed iron and copper For all Althernanthera is better have more then 10 cm of substrate PRICE: about 5 € per jar for the proper management of the water values as PH GH and Temperature for increase alimentation and fish care acquaintances from fry breeding to disease prevention I invite you to click on the English playlist “acquascaping and technical advice” thank you for watching this video tutorial write a comment for any question and click on like Subscribe on Aquascaping lab channel for other video and news

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