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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 06:28 PM
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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.
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post #32 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 06:32 PM
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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.

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post #33 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-17-2005, 02:39 AM
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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.
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post #34 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-17-2005, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Anthony
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!

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post #35 of 35 (permalink) Old 03-03-2005, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Yep, they have finally reached the surface and are now turning pink.

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