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wallichii hardier than vietnam?

Im having trouble with Rotala Vietnam and Im thinking of ditching it to give wallichii a try. I like the red in wallichii better anyways but Im willing to give vietnam some more time if someone can tell me what the secret is to caring for it. The problem is I get bushy tops but the pedals towards the lower portion of the stems are all decayed away. The rest of my plants are all looking great. Would Rotala wallichii fare any better? I was thinking since the pedals of vietnam are needle thin could the snails just be eating them away or am I looking at a nutrient issue? Should I put a Fert tab under the roots maybe?

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Wallichi's leaves are needle thin also and are hard to keep clean. Also if you have SAE's, I've heard they love this plant(and so did my angels). Very beautiful if kept well. In my tank they were a nice dark red rather than pink.

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They are similar, both have needle leaves. R. vietnam is a little bigger with somewhat different coloration. I actually found r. vietnam easier than wallichii.

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hmm...I guess I'll stick with it and figure out what it needs before moving on to something potentially as hard to care for.

shalu, Im looking into getting three discus in a couple months and Im doing my research now. I was looking at your tank and noticed you have a few of the same plants I keep. R. vietnam, E. stellata, didiplis d., and I believe you used to have a carpet of glosso at one time. I assume your keeping temps above 80 and the plants are doing fine for you? Any you found that just cant take the high temps?

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I am getting rid of glosso, I just can't find a maintanance routine to keep glosso looking attractive long term. It keeps piling up. I am only going to keep glosso in the non-CO2 shrimp tank, where it grows slowly. I am replacing glosso with marselia, much happier with its behavior. Temperature is not an issue for those plants, I keep it at 83F, and I have tried 80-90 plant species now, only a couple maybe does not like high temp.

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Hi,

I know that the needle thin leaves of R.Wallichi are highly vulnerable to algae. Mine is growing well and the tips are a nice red but the body of the plant is covered with green algae. Anyone have any tips for helping the plant outlive the algae? thanks
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Hi,

I know that the needle thin leaves of R.Wallichi are highly vulnerable to algae. Mine is growing well and the tips are a nice red but the body of the plant is covered with green algae. Anyone have any tips for helping the plant outlive the algae? thanks
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Hi,

I know that the needle thin leaves of R.Wallichi are highly vulnerable to algae. Mine is growing well and the tips are a nice red but the body of the plant is covered with green algae. Anyone have any tips for helping the plant outlive the algae? thanks
As you can see Im not the best to be giving advice but what are your tank stats? N03?, PO4?, are you dosing co2? How much light/size of tank? some more info and someone might be able to help alittle better. All I know is the two mentioned plants seem hard to keep. I dont have any noticable algae on the plants but I would assume that would mean some nutrient is out of balance.

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