Alternanthera cardinalis

  • Stock: 10 units in stock
  • Dimensions: up to 50cm
  • Model: P2020035
  • Origin: South America
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Alternanthera cardinalis is a fine-looking bushy, stem plant with sturdy red/purple stems and long, pointy attractive leaves. It originates from South America and needs plenty of light to develop the red/purple leaves. With the addition of CO2 this plant will grown up to 50cm in height. If there is a lack of micro nutrients this plant will suffer and the leaves will become pale in colour.

This engaging plant will bring instant vibrancy and colour to your aquarium. As with all stem plants grow in groups of two and up. A beautiful yet slightly demanding plant.

by Gillian S. on 27/11/2020

These plants look beautiful in the aquaria, and they last well. It's clear to see they were grown and sent with great care. The packaging is superb, and delivery is always so fast. Both I, and the fishes, love the red-leaved plants (for different reasons!).

by Julia R. on 16/4/2020

Again really pleased with this plant. I wanted a red plant in the aqaurium otherwise all my plants are green. The other plants l purchased from aqua essentials are easy to grow but this one apparently needs a bit more input. I provide liquid C02 every day and a fertiliser once a week. So far the plants are looking very healthy

by vinny c. on 6/4/2020

Absolutely superb to deal with first time order and all plants received were superb, labelled, delivered on time. really happy tank looks superb. these plants growing very well under led lights

by Chas D. on 24/3/2020

Always good service plant OK smaller than expected but growing OK.

by Susan B. on 24/9/2019

A good size and really healthy plants

by kathleen w. on 23/9/2019

very pleased with item thankyou

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If I was to order this plant what size would be sent to me thanks


At the time of writing about 20cm

Hiya, when are you going to be getting these back in stock? It seems to have been you of stock for yanks.


New stock arrives every Thursday

Brill, I will keep my eye out. Thank you, wonderful service from AE as ever. x

Hi, not a question about this specific plant but could you show me some plants that are from Papua new Guinea as I am looking to set up a biotape ? Thank you


Have a look on

They have a function that allows you to search for plants from regions

Have had a look and its great. Thank You

Are all your plants from tropica


No -mainly from Dutch growers

Hi, just received these last week and in excellent condition - thanks! Would just like to know if you would recommend taking them out of their plastic pots and the yellow stuff that's around their roots? Also, if there is any other basic advice to help keep them healthy? (sorry, new to all this)


Yes remove from pots and remove rockwool.

Don't forget your liquid fertilisers!

Received these plants today and they look great in the tank. I have removed some of the rockwool, but didn't want to damage the roots, is it OK to leave some attached to the plant ?


Sure - it won't hurt

Thanks, great service

This is marked as an apprentice plant, i presume it will do fine in a set up with neutro The and neurto carbon ? 2x 24w lights in 120 litres


Yes - it's easy to grow

Hello I have this plant colour is starting to dull, I've never used a fertiliser what would you recommend? I have snails and shrimp in the tank if this will matter in what to be used to not kill them


Use Neutro T and Neutro CO2 - without decent fertilisers the plants will just fade away and eventually die.

As long as you dose according to the bottle, any live stock is fine.

Super and have just read you dose 100L with 5ml would I do the same with a 68L take or would I dose less?


Pretty much the same

Is this plant safe for all fish/shrimp/snail? Thanks


Yes all our plants are shrimp safe

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