Red aquarium plants look beautiful and are enough to add depth and interest to the overall beauty of the tank. However, taking care of red plants is not always easy and the most challenging part is to maintain their red colouration. Some red aquarium plants require high levels of light intensity while others can still maintain their redness with medium light intensity. Below are some of the popular red aquarium plants along with information on them to assist aquarists in deciding which types are best for their aquarium tanks:
- Ludwigia Super Red Mini
Ludwigia Super RedMini is one of the most intense red stem plant in the aquarium hobby which can maintain its red colouration under medium lighting intensity. It is easy to care for and relatively undemanding. It has a fast growth rate when provided with Co2 supplementation. It is available on Aquarzon.com
- Proserpinaca palustris
This beautiful stem plant has a slower growth rate andcan transform from its saw-toothed green leaves emersed form into the finely toothed orange-red leaves in submersed form. A beautiful plant for adding depth and pop of colors to your tank. Its leaves start out with vibrant green colors and can deliberately change from green to a variety of pink and gold. They need nutrients, carbon dioxide and sufficient lighting to thrive. Aquarzon propagates this beautiful aquarium in submerse form so that they are in their most beautiful state and to minimise transitional melting issues when it is being planted in an aquarium.
- Echinodorus Red Diamond
Easy to care for plant, it comes in small size and look great in the tank. If kept in the right conditions, its leaves even grow between 6 and 12 inches long and keep a fairly tight shape. Echinodorus Red Diamond is considered good solo plant for your tank. Also, it is good for smaller aquariums as well. It can grow in water between 60 and 85 degrees F with a pH of between 5 and 7.
- Echinodorus Red Devil
It makes great background plant. The color of the plant may vary, however, if kept in the right conditions, the leaves take on deep ruby red and can grow to about 12 inches. For its best color and strongest growth Red devil requires generous lighting and nutrient-rich substrate. That is all!
- Alternanthera Reineckii
Also known as Magenta Water Hedge, it is a slow-growing plant with purple undertones that turn red on getting enough light. The plant can grow as tall as 20 inches and looks beautiful if placed in the middle or back of an aquarium. It requires nutrient-rich substrate, soft water and moderate to high lighting for its optimal growth.
- Ludwigia Repens
Easy to care for plant, most importantly, you don’t have to follow any strict rules to grow the plant. It is one of the most beautiful red plants for the aquarium. Ludwigia repens can spread very fast. So, only few stems are enough to grow dozens of Ludwigia repens. It requires nutrient-rich substrate for its optimal growth.
- Echinodorus Hadi Red Pearl
Echinodorus Hadi Red Pearl is an easy to care for plant, has large sword-shaped leaves. They are planted directly in the substrate. If kept in right conditions, they grow from about 4 to 9 inches tall. However, the growth is slow, but looks stunning when placed in the middle ground.
- Echinodorus Fancy Twist
As the name said it all! The plant looks fancy and gorgeous in the tank. This is one of the eye-catching plants that make a great centerpiece because of its large round leaves, and the variations in color from green to dark red. The plant can either be emersed or submerged. It is planted directly in the substrate. Recommendation:
When keeping red plants in an aquarium, it is a good idea to also keep some varieties of green plants so that there is a nice, contrasting effect. US Fissidens, Mini Pellia, Christmas and Taiwan Moss can be used to create a green background so that the red plants can have a beautiful background to contrast against. Most of these aquarium plants above require at least medium lighting intensity as well as sufficient nutrition to maintain its redness.