Whorly Rotala (Rotala wallichii) Tissue Culture
Whorly Rotala is a very fluffy, elegant stem plant that develops bright red/purple coloration under optimal conditions!
Whorly Rotala (Rotala wallichii) is a very strikingly elegant stem plant that is a great addition to the high-tech aquarium. 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 flourish and display incredible red/purple coloration!
The stems of Whorly 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 strongly recommended. The fastest growth will happen in soft water. If its needs are met, Whorly 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 Whorly 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/purple coloration with proper care
- Moderately prolific and easy to prune
- Elegant, fluffy appearance
- Breathtaking focal point for the planted aquarium
- Temperature: 59° - 86° F (15° - 30° C)
- pH: 5.0 - 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 South and Southeast Asia
- Aquarium placement: Middle
- Care: High
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