Bonsai Rotala AKA Indian Toothcup AKA True Rotala indica (Rotala sp. "Bonsai") Tissue Culture
Bonsai Ammania is an excellent foreground to midground plant that can develop bright red stem coloration with high lighting!
Bonsai Rotala (Rotala sp. "Bonsai"), also known as True Rotala indica and Indian Toothcup, is a distinctive, small plant that is becoming more known in the aquarium hobby. Its short size makes its an excellent foreground to midground plant that provides refuge for fish and shrimp fry while maintaining its role as a beautiful decorative plant. Although it does not require a high-tech setup, it will develop bright red stem coloration under high lighting.
While not an expert-level plant, Bonsai Rotala is most rewarding and attractive when it receives optimal care. It requires moderate to high lighting 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.
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
- Develops bright red stem coloration under high lighting
- Excellent foreground to midground plant
- Provides protective cover for fry
- Can be propagated through trimming and replanting cuttings
- Temperature: 72° - 82° F (22° - 28° C)
- pH: 6.5 - 7.5
- Lighting: Moderate to High
- Origin: Lab-grown tissue culture, but indigenous throughout Indo-Pacific and Far East Asia
- Aquarium placement: Foreground to Midground
- Care: Moderate
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