Yeah, I know. I just thought I would throw that out there to show everyone just how confusing this could get. Many of those forms of Rotala look almost exactly alike and leave a lot of room for the type of debate that is happening now.
I have not personally seen Rotala macranda var. Small Leaf. can you describe to me what it looks like compared to regular macrandra? Or link to a nice picture of it growing in a tank? Just curious.
Truvu 100g Flourite, wet/dry, AHSupply 302w PC, PinPoint controller 10gallon15w T6+15w T8 55gallon40w T6 ODNO4x, no CO2. Discus grow out.
10gallon Tonina tank, 2x15w T6 ODNO 4x
I will do aquascapes after I collect all the plant species and grow them to perfection.
Keeping nitrates low and having good iron and macros will help with the pink color. Does increased phosphates also help? I just picked up some rotala from petsmart and I want to keep it a nice pink color.
Sorry to have started all this. I was just wondering how to give it more of the pink to red look? It has 3 leaves per whorl. Bottom half is red, but the tops have grown green.
Don't sweat it man, haha. Planted nuts like us can get just a little obsessive at times.
My rotala looks the best when it grows too tall and hits the surface, inches away from the lights. Then I cut the top 6"-8" of the stem and replant it and I get this amazing pink bush of rotala. If your plants aren't that tall yet, try tying a bunch together with some plant weights and propping the weight on some driftwood or another plant to let the tops of the stems sit near the light for a few days. They'll turn, trust me!
- Sam P -
plantedtanker in limbo - all tanks currently in storage