Here's a little "did you know?" The Latin name Rotala rotundifolia means "the plant with the round leaves", but when grown under water this rotala variety has long, thin leaves. Unlike other Rotala species, it is relatively undemanding, although it needs good light to produce red leaves. Rotala Indica forms side shoots willingly, becoming compact and bushy. This also means that it is hard for light to reach the lower leaves, so the plant should be pruned frequently to avoid the lower leaves dying off.
- Common Name: Rotala Indica
- Family Name: Lythraceae
- Native To: Asia
- Lighting: Medium
- pH: 5-8
- Growth Demands: Easy
- Growth Form: Stem
- Growth Rate: Fast
- True Aquatic: Yes
- Placement In Tank: Midground
- Available As: Bunch
I ordered 2 bunches, hoping to fill up the back corner of my 54g corner tank. The plants spent 2 days in a box. Upon opening, I found 3 rogue pond snails on the rotala, so they sat in a bowl of tank water overnight, then 4 hrs of Alum dip. The bunches were huge. Even with throwing away 5 or 6 under 5" long with most being 7"+, I still planted around 30 stems on Saturday. Only 1 had significant roots. I have a 54w led setup I built, dose liquid ferts, excel, no co2. Monday afternoon, almost every stem has new bright green growth. I have wanted this plant for a long time and couldn't be more pleased so far.
I've planted these plants in a new low tech dirted tank and they seem to be doing well. No melting. They're losing a bit of their pinkish tint since I don't have CO2 and only 48w T5HO lamps. New growth is already occurring after 10 days of planting so that's a good sign. The new growth is green though, but nice bunches full and gorgeous!
I received a bunch of great quality plants. I keep these in two low-tech fish tanks without CO2. They grow fast and very densely almost like an underwater hedge. The tend to overgrow and shadow smaller plants but I find them very easy to prune. Mine grow much faster that other reviewers indicated. They double in size probably every month.
This is my number one aquarium plant without doubt.
I received the plants last Feb 3, 2012. The shipping was quick and an extra bunch was sent as promised (...thank you). However, to my dismay, the bunches were pasty. The stems were a bit short and very thin, and looked like too young to be cut for propagation. The condition of the plants was very far from what was featured on the web site. After 2 days of being planted, the leaves started to go transparent and began to melt. I will continue to observe the plants but I am not too hopeful about any improvement in the condition.
I have ordered these twice. When they arrive they are pasty and unhealthy looking. It takes them about 2.5 months to look really good and they grow fast. In the two and a half months they almost tripled in size. Also, the portions you get are well worth the money!
This is one of my favorites. It rooted in one week. Growing well. I haven't trimmed yet. Beautiful pink and yellowish green color, the green color is on the shaded lower leaves. Does not seem to be growing algae at all like some other rotalas. Easiest plant in my aquarium as far as demands go!!
Generous amount of plants in the bunch. All look healthy and have an attractive reddish hue. Hope they will take root and grow well.