Rotala Magenta (Rotala macrandra v. 'narrow leaf')AquariumPlants.com
- Common Name: Rotala magenta
- Family Name: Lythraceae
- Native To: India
- Lighting: Medium
- pH: 7
- Growth Demands: Difficult
- Growth Form: Stem
- Growth Rate: Fast
- True Aquatic: Yes
- Placement In Tank: Midground
- Available As: Bunch
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This came in average condition. Plant died
I like that it came with a plant anchor.
This is a truly beautiful plant and when the stems are strong and the conditions right, it's a great addition to any aquarium. However, it definitely takes more care than the average plant. When I received the batch the stems were brittle, with the overall health being pretty poor. I was able to revive some but was never able to get it going to the point of sustaining renewed growth. I've bought almost all my plants from aquariumplants.com and this is the only time I've had a poor batch. They do a great job and I'm looking forward to trying another batch soon.
This plant rooted within two weeks, and is growing slow, but growing good. Needs CO2. Lower leaves on my plants are getting algae, but 4 inches up the plant is very healthy and growing good. Haven't trimmed yet as I have with other plants. I was told by aquariumplants.com they will grow better if planted side by side individually in substrate, not bunched in cluster in weights.
My new Rotala magenta (narrow leaf) is doing very well with CO2 supplementation. I have an automated CO2 system programmed to add Co2 until the pH drops from 7.5 to 6.9. I also have metal halide lighting. The new growth (I received my plant about 2 weeks ago) is very red- redder than the old growth-but it wouldn't be without the CO2. All these red stem plants seem to need the CO2 in order to obtain maximum growth and bright red coloring,-eve more so than the metal halide lighting-so if you don't have CO2 you should stick with green plants.