Rose Red Rotala (Rotala macrandra) Tissue Culture
This plant has possibly the most potential of any aquatic plant for deep red coloration!
Rose Red Rotala (Rotala macrandra) is an exceptionally beautiful plant that is highly appreciated by aquarists. It is much more demanding than many other Rotala species, but it is extremely rewarding when given excellent to optimal care. With the correct water parameters, high lighting, and CO2 supplementation when possible, this plant will become almost unimaginably deep red from top to bottom!
The stems of Rose Red Rotala should be planted far enough apart that the light will penetrate all the way to the bottom of the stem. High lighting is possibly the most important factor in keeping this plant in optimal condition. Fairly high phosphate and low nitrate levels are also preferred. Nutrient-rich substrate is also a necessity. CO2 is not absolutely necessary if these other factors are met, but it certainly is beneficial. The fastest growth will happen in soft water. If its needs are met, Rose Red Rotala will develop side shoots, which can be clipped and replanted as they reach enough length to not be overshadowed by other larger plants.
This listing is for the tissue culture form of Rose Red 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
- Full, deep red coloration with proper care
- Moderately prolific and easy to prune
- Easily among the very most beautiful aquarium plants worldwide
- Breathtaking focal point for the planted aquarium
- Temperature: 65° - 78° F (18° - 26° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 7.0
- Lighting: High, more red coloration is achieved with higher lighting, high phosphates, low nitrates, and CO2
- Origin: Lab-grown tissue culture, but indigenous to India
- Aquarium placement: Middle
- Care: Moderate to High
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