12-09-2013, 01:49 AM
well grandkids come over tonight for a few hrs of gpa babysitting and they brought along a plant for THEIR aquarium (mom wont let them have one cause she doesn't know how to take care of it and worried the kids will keep putting things in it. by march oldest will be 4 youngest 2 so they at the smart stage where they stack chairs and boxes to climb onto the counter to get into the snack cabinet lol.
they brought a Alternanthera Reineckii or Scarlet Temple plant. it will look nice but as it says med to high light req and im just in the med range it will grow slow is all from its description. it says to plant in fine gravel but I am assuming my sand will be fine for it.
Alternanthera Reineckii ( plant name )
Maximum size of the plant:
25 - 50 cm ( 9.84" - 19.69" )
Suitable water pH when growing Alternanthera reineckii:
6.2 - 7.1
DH of water:
dGH 4 - 12 °N
Recommended water temperature:
23 - 30 °C ( 73.4 - 86 °F)
Recommended substrate for growing:
The plant's requirements on lighting (light type):
Medium to Bright
Recommended place in fish tanks according to size of the plant:
Way of propagation:
The plant originates from:
Growth speed (if other conditions are 100%):
Information about care
Magenta water hedge
South America, Alternanthera Reineckii are found in the Amazonian waterways.
Alternanthera Reineckii should be planted in mid-ground and background areas of a fish tank depending on other plants species that are grown in the same tank.
Medium to high amount of light is required, if kept under low lighting the growth rate will be slowed down.
Very easy plant to propagate, remove the middle shoot and plant straight away in the substrate. This will help to make the mother plant bush out. Cuttings can also be taken from the side shoots.
Medium - if correct lighting is used, Alternanthera Reineckii are relatively easy to look after.
Alternanthera Reineckii make an excellent plant for blending in with green foliage. Their red leaves offer a contrast against the green and they are also useful for filling out any gaps in the foliage. This plant specie will require nutrients in the form of root tabs or liquid feeds to keep them in top condition.
Last edited by JoeH; 12-09-2013 at 01:51 AM.
12-09-2013, 03:11 AM
well wanted to practice my picture taking skills and so after my grandkids helped me plant the plant by telling me where to put them (with a little idea planting by gpa) I took some pics.
I have 2 on the left side of the tank and end of the driftwood figuring it will grow and hide some of the intake but plenty far away so no circulation probs. plus being a slow grower figure i will be good for a while. just hopes it grows another couple inches fast enough so when I put my dwarf hair grass in it wont be hidden behind the grass. the other one is in middle of the tank towards the back and at the end of the driftwood. I have some idea of where I am going with this lol just a little start like that and ideas pop in my head.
12-09-2013, 03:12 AM
12-09-2013, 01:24 PM
I have Alternanthera in my 30 litre shrimp tank where it does very well - but for the life of me I cannot get it to grow in my 350 litre tank (which has higher lighting and lusher growth on all the other plants). It's a picky one for sure so I wish you the best of luck with it.
12-09-2013, 03:01 PM
well right now it has some brown and red leaves hopefully in a couple days it will be acclimated to the aquarium and perk up all bright and red
12-09-2013, 04:05 PM
well today is day 6 and my water test shows .25ppm ammonia so i need to dose it again now but I have read some ppl do partial water changes at this point some ppl don't. also I am trying to figure out how much prime to add when I do my water changes as it says 1 cap full per 50 gal so how much for a 5 gal bucket I don't want to over do it and have it affect my cycle.
anyways here is results for day 6 I think this thing is screaming along pretty good maybe if I am lucky I can have some fish by Xmas when the grand kids come over and can surprise them.
12-09-2013, 04:31 PM
No, you want to wait until ammonia shows 0 before dosing again, and no water changes are necessary...The easiest way to dose Prime, IME, is to remember 1 ml per every 10 gallons of water, and dose using a medicine syringe, which are marked in ml increments, usually
12-09-2013, 04:40 PM
ok thanks yea I read you want to dose again at abt 1 ppm otherwise you take a chance of starving your bacteria and stalling the cycle?
ill test my ammonia again tonight see if it hits 0 by then so they dont have to starve overnight lol poor lil bacteria needs their food
12-09-2013, 04:46 PM
No - as Slap says - only re-dose at zero. Only test once a day, at the same time each day. Your bacteria will be fine in the 24 hours. Don't be tempted to keep re-testing, it's unnecessary and potentially will only act to stall your cycle if you top up too soon.
12-09-2013, 04:51 PM
+1 to firefly, you won't starve your bacteria in that time frame...and as advised, retesting too soon will not only potentially stall the cycle, but you will be needlessly wasting your test kit chemicals, too...sometimes the hardest part about cycling a tank is keeping yourself from messing with it!