Purple Temple – Live Aquarium Plant

  • Introducing Purple Temple Aquarium Plant: an enchanting addition with rich purple foliage.
  • Moderate care level (4/10) and thrives in moderate to high lighting.
  • Compatible with peaceful fish species, adding dimension and allure to your tropical aquarium setup.
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Introduction Transform your aquarium into a captivating oasis with the enchanting Purple Temple plant. Its rich purple color and graceful leaf structure create a stunning focal point that will add depth and beauty to your underwater world.

Origin The Purple Temple, scientifically known as Alternanthera reineckii ‘Purple,’ is native to South America, particularly regions with a tropical climate. It thrives in the warm and humid environments of its natural habitat.

Scientific Name The scientific name of this alluring aquarium plant is Alternanthera reineckii ‘Purple.’

Lighting Requirements To maintain its vibrant purple coloration and promote lush growth, the Purple Temple plant requires moderate to high lighting. Providing it with 8 to 10 hours of light per day will support its healthy development.

Care Level With a care level of 4 on a scale of 1 to 10, the Purple Temple plant requires a bit more attention, making it ideal for intermediate aquarium hobbyists.

Preferred Water Parameters

  • Temperature: 68°F to 82°F (20°C to 28°C)
  • pH Level: 6.0 to 7.5
  • GH Level (General Hardness): 3 to 10 dGH
  • KH Level (Carbonate Hardness): 2 to 5 dKH

Placement The Purple Temple plant shines as a striking midground or background plant in your aquarium. Its tall and bushy growth habit adds a sense of height and dimension to your aquascape.

Growth Rate This aquatic beauty boasts a moderate to fast growth rate, quickly filling your tank with its luscious purple foliage.

CO2 and Fertiliser For optimal growth and coloration, providing supplemental CO2 and regular liquid fertilization is beneficial. This ensures the Purple Temple plant receives essential nutrients and carbon dioxide, fostering healthy development.

Potential Problems The Purple Temple plant may experience reduced color intensity and slower growth if it does not receive adequate lighting or proper nutrient supplementation. Additionally, watch out for algae growth, especially in well-lit aquariums.

Compatible Fishes The Purple Temple plant is compatible with a wide range of peaceful fish species, enhancing the harmony of your aquarium. Some suitable tankmates include:

  • Tetras
  • Gouramis
  • Rasboras
  • Corydoras Catfish
  • Swordtails

Other Suitable Plants To create a captivating aquascape, consider combining the Purple Temple plant with these complementary species:

  • Java Fern
  • Anubias
  • Amazon Sword
  • Ludwigia
  • Rotala

Tropical or Cold Water? The Purple Temple plant thrives in tropical water conditions, with a stable temperature between 68°F to 82°F (20°C to 28°C) to flourish.

What Fish Can Eat It? The Purple Temple plant is not commonly eaten by aquarium fish, thanks to its tough and fibrous leaves, ensuring it remains a safe and vibrant addition to your tank.

A Fun Fact The vibrant purple coloration of the Purple Temple plant is a result of specialized pigments called anthocyanins. These pigments not only give the plant its captivating hue but also serve as a natural defense mechanism against excess sunlight.

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