Overview: A pretty aquatic plant, Alternanthera reineckii' Mini' stuns aquarists due to its red-colored leaves and tiny growth. So, if you have a small tank and want some colored plants to add contrast, Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini' is the right choice. At the same time, it is an easy-to-maintain plant; therefore, even novice aquarists can try it.
Popularly known as AR Mini and Mini Alternanthera, this plant is native to South America. Its scientific name is Alternanthera rosaefolia reineckii minor. Due to its slow growth and small height (it doesn't grow more than 8 inches), it can be used as a foreground or midground plant. Also, it's a great variant of Alternanthera to try for aquascaping.
Advantages: The tissue culture variant of Alternanthera reineckii' Mini' is developed in in-vitro condition, making it free from pests and other microorganisms that can create havoc in an already established tank. Therefore, having a tissue culture variant of Alternanthera reineckii' Mini' is the right choice for all experts as well as beginners.
Care: Alternanthera reineckii' Mini' comes under low-difficulty aquatic plants. What makes it special is the red-colored leaves that give stunning contrast to an otherwise lush-green tank.
Since it's a slow grower, there are no special requirements other than maintaining water conditions under optimum range. However, once it gets big, trim it to maintain it bushy and ensure that light is reaching the lower leaves as well.
Light requirements: Alternanthera reineckii' Mini' requires moderate to high lighting levels to develop its pretty red foliage.
pH requirement: The optimal pH can range between 5 and 7.
Other requirements: Alternanthera reineckii' Mini' is a slow grower with little demand. Even though not necessary, carbon dioxide supplementation will hasten the growth. Likewise, good lighting will facilitate nice foliage color- red, pinkish, and orange. Keep the water parameters within the range to get the best results.