Beautiful but somewhat challenging to cultivate, Scarlet Temple
has a wide cross-shaped leaf that measures about 1ÃÂ½ inches wide
and displays a variety of dark green and reddish coloring. Using
both very bright light and nutrient-enriched substrate is
recommended to help Scarlet Temple thrive in an aquarium
- Maximum height: 22"
- Wide, cross-shaped, elliptic leaves
- Tank placement: Background
- Water temperature: 63-82ÃÂ° F
- Can grow fully or partially submersed
Note: Plant availability is seasonal. State and local
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Things to remember:
Aquatic plants require a tropical community aquarium with water
temperaturesranging between 63-82ÃÂº F (17-27ÃÂº C). Use an aquarium
heater to maintainwater temperature.
Whether you're just starting your aquarium or introducing new
plants into your tank, make sure to add only one or two plants at a
Most tropical plants require sunlight each day, year round. The
duration and consistency are essential for plants to thrive.
Natural aquariums must be equipped with the means to provide 12
hours of simulated sunlight each day.
Fertilizer should only be added according to the dosage
instructions on the label, and only when needed (as in the case of
a water change). Plants will grow best if fertilized moderately and
regularly after water changes rather than given larger quantities
of fertilizer on a less-regular basis.
Fish and plants:
Small schooling fish are highly recommended for a natural planted
aquarium; larger fish often uproot plants. The adult size and
eating habitats of a fish should always be taken into
Test water weekly to assess water quality. It is recommended that
10% of youraquarium water be changed per week. At the very least,
25% of your aquariumwater should be changed per month. For optimal
health, regular water changes not only prevent the undesirable
accumulation of excess nutrients, but also remove excess nitrates
and waste products of the fish and plants.
Place your aquarium in a low-traffic area, away from direct
sunlight and drafts.
Planting your natural aquarium:
Foreground plants: Usually stay very short and help fill in the
front part of the aquarium.
Middle ground plants: These plants grow anywhere form 4-10
Background plants: These are the fastest-growing and tallest
Things to watch for:
- Poor growth
- Brown spots on leaves
- Plants appear weak, pale green to yellow, stems have few
- Plants cease to grow and die off
- Stem plants have long internodes and small leaves
If you notice any of the signs described above, check your
aquariumwater quality and consult an in-store Aquatics
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