hi i have three stems of that and its leaves are so delicate that intense lighting is needed to achieve the red color. it makes a good contrast to other plants. this plants are really hard and needs extra care
Make sure you have adequate lighting, co2, and fertilizers otherwise you will not stand a chance. Might take some time to adapt to new tank parameters. A nutrient rich substrate is absolutely essential because the stems will rot away quickly if not properly maintained. I am still trying to get the desired shades of red out, mine are a more red orange to pink color. If you are able to maintain it, you will be rewarded with one of the most stunningly beautiful aquarium plants of all time.
I have recently gotten into the hobby and i came across these beauties for a very nice price. I am not having ANY good results with them though. All my other plants are thriving very nicely except this macranda, i don't know what to do to make it survive. leaves are turning brown and decaying off. Stems are super fragile and when i try to replant them after clippings the stems usually break die(i'm using aquascaping tweezers too!). Maybe i need more experience with a planted tank before i head into this plant category.
I get a nice orange/pink/red coloring out of mine using 2 65w 6500k CFLs, diy co2, this plant will start to turn green on me if I don't dose kno3. Once the plant is happy, it will grow like crazy. Lots of off shoots that can be replanted. I started with 1 stem and now have 7-8. Lovely plant and a nice way to add a splash of color to your tank.
It's a great indicator plant for many, many thing that plants need. If it is not happy, it's time to revisit light intensity, substrate choice, ferts, and especially CO2. I noticed big positive changes when I switched form Ecocomplete to Aquasoil. Once it is happy, it is an absolute weed that grows too fast.
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