Bonsai Rotala AKA Indian Toothcup AKA True Rotala indica (Rotala sp. "Bonsai") Tissue Culture
Bonsai Rotala, also known as True Rotala indica, is an excellent foreground to midground plant that can develop bright red stem coloration with high lighting!
Bonsai Rotala (Rotala sp. 'Bonsai' or Ammania sp. 'Bonsai'), which has been determined to be the true Rotala indica, is an excellent foreground to midground stem plant that has recently become popular in the aquarium hobby. With proper care, it develops stunning, bright red leaves!
While not necessarily an expert-level plant, Bonsai Rotala has a few important care requirements. It requires high lighting, fertile substrate, and nutrient-rich water. While not absolutely necessary, CO2 supplementation is beneficial and will contribute to much faster growth and stability. This plant will regress rapidly if it does not have excellent water conditions. It will propagate more quickly and maintain root health if it is pruned regularly.
Like most plants, Bonsai Rotala will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, Nitrogen and other plant supplements.
This listing is for the tissue culture form of Bonsai Rotala. Tissue cultures are superior to traditional forms of aquarium plants in many ways. They are produced in a completely sterile environment which eliminates the possibility of them carrying pest snails or algae spores. They have a shelf life (before introduction to the aquarium) of several months if properly maintained and they are housed in a nutrient gel until introduced to the aquarium. To introduce a tissue culture plant to the aquarium, simply rinse off as much nutrient gel as possible, then plant as usual. The nutrient gel will not harm your aquarium.
What We Like About This Plant:
- Tissue cultures contain no unwanted pest animals or algae
- Fast growing when kept in nutrient-rich water
- Bright red leaves under high lighting
- Fairly uncommon
- Quickly covers large portions of the aquascape
- Temperature: 64° - 86° F (18° - 30° C)
- pH: 5.0 - 7.0
- Lighting: High
- Origin: Lab-grown tissue culture, but indigenous to India, the Middle East, China, and Southeast/Far East Asia
- Aquarium placement: Foreground to Midground
- Care: Moderate
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