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care sheet for Alternanthera sp. (green), a popular aquatic plant known for its vibrant green color:

Common Name: Alternanthera sp. (green)

Plant Description: Alternanthera sp. (green) is a relatively compact stem plant that belongs to the family Amaranthaceae. It is known for its striking bright green coloration and bushy growth habit. The leaves are elliptical or lanceolate in shape and typically have a slightly ruffled or crinkled appearance, adding to their visual appeal. The plant can grow to be around 10-20 cm (4-8 inches) in height, making it suitable for midground or background placement in the aquarium.

Lighting Requirements: Alternanthera sp. (green) requires moderate to high lighting levels of at least 2-3 watts per gallon of aquarium water or around 50-100 PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation) for optimal growth and coloration. Providing a quality aquarium light with a color temperature in the range of 6500K to 7500K will help promote healthy growth and intensify its green coloration.

Water Parameters:

  • Temperature: 20-28°C (68-82°F)
  • pH: 6.0-7.0
  • Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water, 2-10 dKH

CO2 Requirements: CO2 supplementation is not always necessary for Alternanthera sp. (green), but it can promote faster growth and more vibrant coloration. Providing a consistent supply of carbon dioxide through a CO2 injection system or liquid carbon supplement can help this plant thrive. If opting for CO2 supplementation, it's important to monitor CO2 levels and ensure they remain within the optimal range of 20-30 mg/L.

Nutrient Requirements: Alternanthera sp. (green) is a moderate to heavy feeder and requires a nutrient-rich substrate and regular fertilization to thrive. A nutrient-rich aquarium substrate or the use of root tabs can provide essential nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and trace elements. Additionally, regular dosing of a complete liquid fertilizer that contains macro and micronutrients will help ensure that the plant has access to all the essential nutrients it needs for healthy growth and vibrant coloration.

Planting and Propagation: Alternanthera sp. (green) can be propagated by cuttings, which can be planted directly into the substrate. To propagate, simply trim healthy stems and plant them into the substrate, making sure they are securely anchored. Planting individual stems with some spacing between them will allow for healthy growth and prevent overcrowding.

Special Care: Alternanthera sp. (green) is generally easy to care for, but it may require occasional pruning to maintain its bushy growth habit and prevent it from shading other plants in the aquarium. Regularly trim and remove any dead or yellowing leaves, and ensure that the plant has enough light and nutrients to promote healthy growth and vibrant coloration. Additionally, keep an eye out for any signs of nutrient deficiencies or algae growth and adjust lighting, CO2, and nutrient supplementation accordingly.

In conclusion, Alternanthera sp. (green) is a stunning aquatic plant that can add a vibrant pop of green color to any planted aquarium. With moderate to high lighting, proper water parameters, nutrient supplementation, and regular maintenance, it can thrive and create a visually striking display. Happy aquascaping!

Alternanthera sp. (green) - Potted

  • This Is the normal potted version
    is better as these plants are grown in soil and have very strong roots, making them stronger growers in your system.
    SUBMERGED is even better for aquariums – as these plants are already grown in water for you!

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