Rotala rotundifolia “pink”

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Rotala rotundifolia is a classic aquarium plant and a staple of the hobby. Rotala rotundifolia is an undemanding stem plant, however it does thrive in high light conditions where more intense greens, reds and pinks will become readily present.

It is undemanding in fertilizers, carbon dioxide and substrate composition; however Rotala rotundifolia enjoys receiving direct light.  It will grow adequately in low light compositions, where most of the leaves will remain a bright green.  When there is inadequate light, the lower regions may lose their leaves. To truly showcase this plant’s properties, intense light will bring out the rich red and pink tones that can make an aquascape stand out.

The Latin name means "the plant with the round leaves'', but this only applies to the marsh variety, which has circular leaves. Rotala rotundifolia from South-East Asia has 15-30 long stems (2-3 cm wide) and long, narrow leaves. Unlike other Rotala species it is relatively undemanding, although it needs good light to produce red leaves.
It forms side shoots willingly, becoming compact and bushy. This also means that it is hard for light to reach the lower leaves, so the plant should be pruned frequently. Also known as Rotala indica.

 

Plant info

Type: Stem
Origin: Asia
Growth rate: Medium
Height: 15 - 30+
Light demand: Low
CO2 : Low