Tom, is that rotala magenta that is in front of the rotala sunset? I have some of that in my tank and when I received it it was almost a hot pink color as it was grown emersed. After transitioning to submerged growth and some stunting from co2 not being ideal I finally got the new growth coming in like it should but I have been reading this plant can be a pain. Have you grown this plant before and what are your experiences with it. I really love the look of the L. Patanal and will need to try this one some time.
I think most people have the same experience with the R magenta/narrow macrandra. I'd say many try, and fail. It's easy to grow commercially, but tough in the hobby. Which is why we see it. I've never seen anyone sell clippings continuously. Jeff , a local member in SF area had the best looking bunch. So it can be done, the growth on mine from the 1st batch is doing very well, there is a 2nd batch I added to give it a try. This location is high current and bright. Rotala macrandra and it would seem this plant, do very well near/in current IME.
The L pantanal is heavily trimmed often, it takes a lot of work to keep it this short and compact. Maybe 10-15 min a week for that one plant. I do not even bother selling it etc, I just toss the ratty parts and keep only the best.
R magenta/narrow mac has a nice deep rich red color. I may give up on R butterfly because this should be so close and looks nice. I may end up placing it elsewhere after awhile, maybe on the far right side next to the Tonina. But that will be later after the R. sunset and the R. magenta grow out 1st.
I've failed with it many times, but I've learned a few things this last few years, so I'll see if that will help. I think I can scape with it nicely. I did well with it ina couple of tanks, but I was still not able to offer trimmings for sale. That is the key factor, if you can do that, only then are you successful IMO.
Due to the current in this spot and the requirement for color, shorter trimmed species etc. It's not an easy spot to fill. L "pilosa" does very well etc, just lacks the right color.
The R. magenta I have has not stunted, but it VERY OFTEN comes in with U. gibba, bladderwort infestations and of course hair algae, mostly Spirogyra.
Algaefix takes care of that after a couple of days, then carefully picking off the bladderwort...so then they are ready to add.
I trim it pretty short and then leave it alone. Looks like it's doing very well. One of the sunset stems melts and went black. Still no clue why. The others are fine and doing well.
I am considering mini Riccia if I can find any.