Description: One of the most versatile aquarium plants, Rotala Rotondifolia, can be grown in a range of conditions. Each stem can grow up to 30cm tall, but the slender and small structure of each leaf makes it suitable for nano aquariums also. Colouration ranges from green to red, but this depends largely on light and Co2 levels.
Difficulty: As with all aquarium plants, Co2 injection and appropriate fertilisation are recommended for optimal health and growth. Nonetheless, Rotala Rotundifolia is considered an easy-to-grow plant that will grow at a moderate pace even in the absence of quality lighting and Co2 injection.
Emersed Growth: Rotala Rotundifolia has an extreme tendency to grow horizontally when grown emersed. Unlike its submersed counter-part, it does not need high lighting or hard trimming to do this. Its leaves are far smaller and more compact and the colouration varies quite significantly. With sufficient nutrients are not supplied the growth will be bright red, but in optimal conditions, the growth will appear a darker colour as shown in the second image. Converting Rotala Species between their two growth states can sometimes be challenging, but with enough patience, success is likely.
If you are unsure of the difference between emersed and submersed growth you can visit our blog post here. This is a short article written by us that is easy to understand for beginners in planted aquariums.
Temperature: 15 - 28°C
- pH: 6.4 - 7.6
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Lighting Requirements: Medium - High
- Co2 Injection: Recommended
- Origin: Southeast Asia
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