Rotala Indica (Rotala rotundiifolia)

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About This Product

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

Customer Reviews

  • 5
    Totals indica

    Posted by Ed Stofko on May 15th 2022

    These bunches are outstanding. Already growing and looking great. Nice buy.

  • 5
    Bounced Back Quick

    Posted by Lachlan on May 13th 2022

    Twice now I've received Rotala Indica from AP, they start yellow/bronze and densely bushy. Within a week in my tank they start to go intensely green with hints of red, and grow much taller and lankier. I bought 3 bunches on my last order because I couldn't get enough of it, although my original plants have already had trimmings planted in 3 other places already. Love them!

  • 5
    Rotala indica

    Posted by Aidan Roberts on Oct 8th 2021

    Arrived fast and was in good condition, but a little pale and melted. The stems were grown in water already, so not as hard of a transition to my tank, which is great!

  • 3
    Rotala Indica

    Posted by Retired Navy on Oct 2nd 2021

    As a result of being more than pleased with all my previous orders. I elected to try something new. I am still learning about aquarium plants as I transition from artificial aquariums to planted. These plants did not come with roots, they were fairly small so they just float in my 20 gal. until they grow some roots or get long enough to attach somewhere. They did not have snails or snail eggs. They were very healthy and strong. They are thriving in my aquarium and growing already! I am confident they will do just as well as my other orders. The package arrived on time, and (friendly customer service) professionally packaged. I love it! I would recommend you try some for yourself. The floating offers some hiding places for fry and it doesn't hurt the growth of the plant for it to just float around.

  • 5

    Posted by Tony S on Sep 6th 2020

    Third company/attempt at getting healthy rotala shipped and I finally found it. Thank you for this. Planted great with virtually no melt and all stems have grown around 1/2" (no CO2) in the first two weeks!

  • 4
    Plants arrived in pretty good condition

    Posted by Vicki Weaver on Aug 5th 2020

    They were a little warm and melted back despite having purchased an ice pack. They bounced back quickly once planted. Would definitely order again!

  • 3
    Hardy Plant

    Posted by Cindy S on Jul 24th 2020

    Ok, so I'm not sure I received the right plant. It looks similar to this but it's not red at all. It's a hardy plant and has doubled in size within 2 weeks, but I don't know which or if I got Rotala. I like whatever I received though, but it's green.

  • 5
    Plant qualty

    Posted by CARL HAMILTON on Jun 19th 2020

    I love this place, there were 7 or 8 stems in each bunch and they were about 7" tall. Well worth the money unlike another place i ordered from and flat out got ripped off. I can say that ?

  • 5
    5 OUT OF 5

    Posted by KEITH on May 18th 2020


  • 5
    Great plant and great price!

    Posted by Thomas G on May 11th 2020

    Plant arrived promptly, healthy, and large. Great value for the price, no die back, and rooted immediately in a new tank with few ferts, and no co2. New growth is already showing after 1 week.

  • 5
    Excellent plant, big bunches

    Posted by Daniel Townsend on Apr 23rd 2018

    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.

  • 5
    So far, nice bunches

    Posted by Dar on Mar 26th 2014

    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!