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Rotala wallichii Red [Tc]

Rotala wallichii Red [Tc]

#GWAT078

250/-

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8 in stock

8 in stock

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A fine-leaved, relatively small, reddish to pink rather demanding stem plant. It is most decorative when planted in a group of many stems. It is also suitable as foreground plant and for smaller tanks, given that it is trimmed at the right time. The addition of CO2 enhances growth significantly. It prefers soft slightly acidic water.R. wallichii needs lots of light, CO2 fertilisation and a well-balanced supply of nutrients to grow well. The light intensity should at least be 0.5 watts per litre in order for it to attain intensive colours and to support growth. A good supply of CO2, either with bio CO2 or a system using pressure bottles is indispensable. Rotala wallichii grows best if the nitrate level never falls to zero but does not exceed 10 to 15 mg per litre either. A high phosphate content of 1-2 mg per litre is preferred, as well as a good supply of iron and micronutrients.
Under optimal growth conditions this plant rewards its keeper with stunning colours, ranging from intense pink over orange to deep red foliage with a diameter of 2 cm and more.

This Rotala species forms opulent finely-structured groups growing upwards. Those plant parts closest to the surface develop the most intensive colours and throw a large number of lateral shoots. If R. wallichii grows too large for your tank design you can just cut off the uppermost part and re-plant it in the substrate. Propagation is done by cuttings of top and lateral shoots. They grow new roots very fast if re-planted in the substrate and start growing again.

Colourful R. wallichii is used in Nature Aquaria and in Dutch-style tanks. It is a great red accent plant for the middle- or background of an aquarium. In order to get the best effect, three to five stems should be planted at a time so they grow to form beautifully dense groups