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Hardy red plants?

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Hardy red plants?

Post by Mutsu on Mon 2 Aug 2010 - 19:59

Are there any hardy red plants that don't need to be deeply planted and don't need large amounts of light? If not I'll get some form of anubias but a red plant would suit my future tank theme!

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Post by Vandraco aka Bronzecat on Mon 2 Aug 2010 - 21:42

Hi
Even in my 40 gallon tank which has 115 watts of lighting and regular use of plant food, I find any plant with red in it dies Sad Most red aquatic plants will require some form of O2, or are not strictly aquatic.

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Post by Mutsu on Mon 2 Aug 2010 - 21:51

Ahh dang that's a shame, I'll have to stick to the good old greenies to speed up my fishless cycle. Thanks though! ^_^

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Post by aly_starh on Tue 3 Aug 2010 - 0:00

Vandraco aka Bronzecat wrote:Hi
Even in my 40 gallon tank which has 115 watts of lighting and regular use of plant food, I find any plant with red in it dies Sad Most red aquatic plants will require some form of O2, or are not strictly aquatic.

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Re: Hardy red plants?

Post by KalandraJane on Tue 24 Aug 2010 - 2:46

I am currently growing Alternanthera Reineckii in my two betta tanks - these have red-purple stems and undersides of the leaves, and the tops of the leaves are a dark green. In one of my tanks, the light is only 5w, and the plant has lost some of its lower leaves, probably due to the fact that it is competing with other plants and seeking the light. The plants are still growing but are a bit leggy.

In the other tank which has just 11w but is still quite plentifully planted, the plant is absolutely thriving! It has put out lots of side roots, is bushy, and the tops of the leaves have turned from green to red photosynthetic pigment, meaning that the plant is getting all the light it needs.

The plant is available cheaply at many lfs, mine was just a bunch for less than £2, so it's worth a try and no huge loss if the experiment fails.
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