AQUA ART Lobelia cardinalis 'Mini'

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Lobelia cardinalis 'Mini' is a compact version of the Cardinal Flower, showcasing vivid green leaves with hints of red. Ideal for foreground or midground placement, this petite aquatic plant brings a touch of elegance and vibrant colour to your aquarium.

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Lobelia cardinalis 'Mini' is a compact and charming variant of the Lobelia cardinalis species, commonly known as Dwarf Cardinal Plant. It is valued by aquarists for its small size, vibrant coloration, and suitability for nano and small aquarium setups. This plant adds a splash of colour and visual interest to freshwater aquariums, particularly in foreground and midground areas.

Physical Characteristics:

  1. Leaf Structure: The leaves of Lobelia cardinalis 'Mini' are small, lance-shaped, and typically display a bright green colouration. However, under certain lighting conditions, the leaves may develop hints of red or bronze, adding to its visual appeal.

  2. Growth Form:  This plant has a compact growth habit, with stems that remain relatively short compared to the standard Lobelia cardinalis. It forms dense clusters of leaves, creating a lush and vibrant carpet-like effect in the aquarium.

  3. Stem Structure: The stems of Lobelia cardinalis 'Mini' are sturdy and well-suited for maintaining its compact growth form. This makes it an excellent choice for foreground planting, where space is limited.

Aquarium Requirements:

  1. Lighting: Lobelia cardinalis 'Mini' thrives in moderate to high lighting conditions. Adequate light is essential for promoting healthy growth and maintaining vibrant colouration.

  2. Substrate: A nutrient-rich substrate is beneficial for this plant, as it absorbs nutrients through its roots. A fine-grain substrate or aqua soil is ideal for anchoring compact stems and encouraging lush growth.

  3. CO2 and Fertilization: While not strictly necessary, the addition of carbon dioxide (CO2) can enhance the growth and colour intensity of Lobelia cardinalis 'Mini,', especially in setups with higher lighting and nutrient levels.

  4. Water Parameters: Maintain water conditions within a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5 and a water hardness level of soft to moderately hard. The temperature should ideally be between 22 to 28°C

Propagation: Lobelia cardinalis 'Mini' can be propagated through stem cuttings. Trim healthy stems and replant them in the substrate. Regular pruning promotes lateral growth and helps maintain the carpet-like appearance.

Maintenance: Regular trimming is essential to control the height and density of Lobelia cardinalis 'Mini.' Trimming also removes older or discoloured leaves, encouraging the development of new, vibrant growth and preventing overcrowding.

Aquascaping Use: Lobelia cardinalis 'Mini' is a popular choice for foreground planting in aquascaping layouts. Its compact size and vibrant foliage make it an excellent accent plant or carpeting species, adding depth and visual interest to the aquarium's front areas.

Challenges: Maintaining optimal lighting and nutrient levels is crucial for the health and appearance of Lobelia cardinalis 'Mini.' Inadequate light may result in leggy growth, while nutrient deficiencies can lead to faded colours or stunted development.

Lobelia cardinalis 'Mini' is a delightful and versatile aquarium plant suitable for smaller setups and foreground planting. Its compact size, vibrant coloration, and ease of care make it a favourite among aquarists looking to enhance the beauty of their freshwater aquariums. With proper lighting, substrate, and maintenance, Lobelia cardinalis 'Mini' can thrive and contribute to a vibrant underwater landscape.


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 are getting 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 6-8 portions using your fingers or scissors (for small foreground plants).
  • Plant portions into the substrate using tweezers.
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.