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Old 01-09-2008, 03:08 PM   #1
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Red Temple

I've tried Red Temple two times now and both times it has gradually turned to mush instead of taking root. The first time it was in fairly poor condition from a mail-order purchase and I attributed it to that plus insufficient experience.

This time I got healthy steams with roots starting to sprout - Got them from a LFS and put them quickly in the tank before they had time to spoil. My tank was about 75 degrees, 6.5-6.6 PH, and 48 watts in a 20 gallon tank. The other plants did fine (there was red ludwigia [repens] in the same batch). Is there something finicky about Red Temple?
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I've found Red Temple (Alternanthera reineckii) to prefer high light, co2, and fertilization. I've never had it thrive in a medium light tank with or without co2. I wouldn't try it again unless you get more light over the tank, as I believe that is the main problem in your setup.
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Thanks. plantgeek.net lists it as "difficulty: moderate", and "Light: moderate".
http://www.plantgeek.net/plantguide_viewer.php?id=10. I guess, it must be on the high end of moderate...

Also, I went back to my records and the previous thing I got that didn't work was actually Temple Narrow Leaf, which I see is a different species, Hygrophila corymbosa. Do you have any experience with that?
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I do not have any experience with H. corymbosa. I believe it is a medium light plant though, but that is all I know about it. Maybe someone who has keep it can chime in.
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