ADA Alternanthera reineckii ‘Mini’

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Free of snails and algae aquarium plant from tissue culture delivered in sealed cup.

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Alternanthera reineckii ‘Mini’, commonly known as AR ‘Mini’, is a popular aquarium plant known for its compact size and vibrant reddish-pink colouration. This dwarf variant of Alternanthera reineckii is prized in the aquascaping community for its striking appearance and ability to add a pop of colour to the foreground or midground of planted tanks. Its small size and slow growth rate make it ideal for nano tanks and detailed aquascapes.

Physical Characteristics:

  1. Leaf Structure: The leaves of Alternanthera reineckii ‘Mini’ are small, narrow, and elliptical with a rich reddish-pink to deep purple hue. The intensity of the colour depends on the lighting conditions and nutrient availability. The leaves grow in opposite pairs along the stem.

  2. Growth Form: AR ‘Mini’ has a low, bushy growth habit, forming dense clusters that spread horizontally rather than vertically. The plant typically reaches a height of 5-10 cm, making it perfect for the foreground or midground of an aquascape.

  3. Stem Structure: The stems are short and sturdy, supporting the densely packed, colourful leaves. The compact nature of the plant requires minimal trimming to maintain its shape.

Aquarium Requirements:

  1. Lighting: Alternanthera reineckii ‘Mini’ thrives under moderate to high lighting conditions. High-intensity LED lighting systems are recommended to maintain their vibrant colouration and compact growth form. Under lower light, the plant may become leggy and lose its bright colour.

  2. Substrate: A nutrient-rich substrate is essential for AR ‘Mini’. Aquasoil or other specialized plant substrates that provide ample nutrients to the roots will support healthy growth and vibrant colouration.

  3. CO2 and Fertilization: The addition of carbon dioxide (CO2) is highly beneficial for this plant, promoting lush growth and maintaining its compact form. Regular fertilisation with liquid fertilisers that provide both macro and micronutrients will enhance its health and appearance.

  4. Water Parameters: AR ‘Mini’ prefers water conditions within a pH range of 5.5 to 7.5 and a water hardness level of soft to moderately hard. The ideal temperature range is between 22 to 28°C.

Propagation: Alternanthera reineckii ‘Mini’ is easily propagated through stem cuttings. To propagate, trim healthy stems and replant them in the substrate. Each cutting should have several leaves to ensure successful rooting and growth. The cuttings will quickly develop roots and form new clusters.

Maintenance: Maintenance for AR ‘Mini’ involves occasional pruning to control its spread and encourage bushier growth. Trim any leggy or overgrown stems to maintain the plant’s compact shape. Remove any yellowing or damaged leaves to keep the plant healthy.

Aquascaping Use: Alternanthera reineckii ‘Mini’ is highly valued in aquascaping for its vibrant colouration and compact size. It is ideal for creating colourful patches in the foreground or midground of the aquarium. Its reddish-pink hues provide a striking contrast against green plants and hardscape elements, enhancing the overall visual appeal of the aquascape. AR ‘Mini’ is particularly effective in Dutch-style aquascapes and nano tanks where detailed, small-scale planting is desired.

Challenges: While generally hardy, AR ‘Mini’ requires consistent high light and nutrient levels to maintain its vibrant colouration and compact growth. Insufficient light or nutrients can lead to leggy growth and dull colouration. Regular trimming and balanced tank conditions are essential for keeping the plant healthy and attractive.

Alternanthera reineckii ‘Mini’ is a stunning and compact aquarium plant that brings a vibrant splash of colour to any aquascape. Its ease of propagation and maintenance, combined with its striking appearance, make it a favourite among aquarists. By providing adequate lighting, a nutrient-rich substrate, CO2 supplementation, and regular care, aquarists can enjoy the lush and colourful presence of AR ‘Mini’ in their planted tanks.

How to plant

Plants with great success!

Tissue Cultures are very young plants cultivated and delivered directly from the laboratory. The plants are guaranteed to be free from snails, algae and pesticides and, therefore, are harmless for sensitive shrimp and fish.

Success with your aquarium depends largely on the proper plant choice. In a Tissue Culture cup, you get many plants that can be divided into small portions and cover a larger area. Plants are compact from the start, so you will experience dense and beautiful growth if you give them the right fertiliser and CO2!

  • Carefully take the plant out of the cup and rinse off the growing media.
  • To prevent mildew and algae, rinse with chlorine-free water.
  • Split the plant into portions using your fingers or scissors.
  • Plant portions into the substrate using tweezers or attach to the hardscape in case of rhizomatous. 

Then watch them grow!

Plant Info

Country or continent where a plant is the most common. Cultivars arise or are bred in cultivation.

Growth Rate
Growth rate of the plant compared to other aquatic plants.

Average height (cm) of the plant after two months in the tank.

Light Demand
The average or medium light demand of an aquarium plant is 0.5 W/L.

CO2 Demand
A medium need in CO2 is 6-14 mg/L. A high demand in CO2 is approx. 15-25 mg/L.