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Old 03-14-2005, 04:53 AM   #1
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rotala wallichi


I've been wanting this for awhile, finally got some today from my lfs.
Anybody have any tips on growing it successfully?
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Old 03-14-2005, 02:01 PM   #2
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i know that it needs high light if you want that pink plant effect on its tips, kinda like rotala rotundifolia, but IMO a lot harder to grow ?

i tried it before but that was last year before i switched to roughly 4WPG, oh and i dont think it will do well in hot watered aquariums.
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Old 03-14-2005, 02:25 PM   #3
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oh and i dont think it will do well in hot watered aquariums.
Not true. I had trouble before, but not because of high temperature. Now it does just fine in 83F with consistent nutrient dosing.
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Old 03-14-2005, 05:25 PM   #4
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the only thing i didnt like is if the bottom does not get much light .. they die off.. and all that crap sits at the bottom.. the tops and new growth looked great. but the dead stuff made my tank always look dirty. so i took them out

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If you have shorter plants in front to hide the legs, you won't notice.
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Old 03-14-2005, 08:07 PM   #6
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Rotala wallichii also demands clean water. Aquarium water should be algae free, as algal attacks will almost certainly choke off the plant.

Herbivorous fish will consider this plant a delicacy, and devour it with great enthusiasm. If you have any SAEs, better chain them up!

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Old 03-14-2005, 09:14 PM   #7
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I've had this plant twice- I'm seduced be beautiful, delicate-looking red plants.
The first time I had it (when my tank was new), it was swiftly overtaken by thread algae, so I got frustrated and pulled it out.
The second time I had it (about 6 months later), I had a bit of the same problem, but less so. (Let me explain, I had just gotten my JBJ unit back from repair, so the tank had been without light for 2 days. When I put the lights back on, the algae had a brief field day). The rotala again grew lots of thread algae. But I kept pulling it off in the hopes that the plant would have a chance to catch hold. I have basically left the plant alone for the last 3 months, while being very diligent in my weekly water changes, fertilization, and maintenance, and it seems to be fine. It is definitely not a fast grower, or even a medium one, but it doesn't have any algae on it!
They are awfully pretty plants, but I'd say you really need lots of light, good filtration, and maybe even some gentle current to keep debris off the needle-like leaves.
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I had to ditch mine due to algae problems. I fought algae for a month with this plant in my tank. This plant is a fuzz and hair algae magnet. It never looked right. After the algae battle.
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Maybe I am the guy with the most patience on this board. It languished for 6 months(maybe more like 10 months) in my tank before it turned around. And this is my second try. Same thing happened to r. macrandra and r. magenta
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Old 03-14-2005, 09:47 PM   #10
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Wow, that is definately one plant I would not put in the "slow growing" list... it grows like any other rotala variety... like gangbusters !
IF it has a lot of available nutrients, good lighting and higher end CO2 levels...

CO2 may have been the cause of some of the problems I read about here. When I grew this plant I had my bottle run out on me and as timing would have it , it was a week before I could get it filled, the wallichi took the hardest hit of any plant varieties in the tank. Growth stopped in 2 days from getting an inch a day on each stem before that, and I swear sometimes it seemed like more on a few stems but If you have low (or no) CO2 levels dont even bother with wallichi ,or if you have any algae , it will get the wallichi first !

A beautiful plant and very easy to grow IF you abide by ITS rules... LOL... and its biggest reward when grown properly is the mix of pinks and reds and greens, especially when the wallichi pearls ! Thats a great show ...

One more thing about this plant that comes to mind... It's the ugliest lookin stuff when you pull a stem from the water... as a matter of fact, Its the ugliest stem I have ever seen of any plant out of water... LMAO !

Its a great plant... I hope it works well for you !

Heres one of my favorite photos... my angels when
they were youngsters in front of a stem of my wallichi.

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Guess that would explain why mine don't grow that fast. I have relatively low light (2.4 wpg) in a deep tank (20"+), AND DIY co2, which isn't consistenly cranking.
Oh, well, at least it's hanging in there. Thanks for the pic, Buck, at least I know what it will look like if I ever get pressurized and more wpg! Beautiful pic!
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Wow, Buck, I have never seen R. Wallichi get so red! At my LFS they have some that gets pink on the tops, but what you have in that pic is MUCH better! Now that I have gotten fully automated CO2, I have picked some more up, since it didn't do very well with just a Carbo-Plus running. I am hoping for something like what you have in that pic, but I would be happy with just a little pink at the top.
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One more thing about this plant that comes to mind... It's the ugliest lookin stuff when you pull a stem from the water... as a matter of fact, Its the ugliest stem I have ever seen of any plant out of water... LMAO !
I know what you mean - the stem kind of reminds me of a rat tail, especially after my SAE's were done with it.
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Yup... thats a good description... rats tail ! LOL

I have seen it redder then mine before, it should be called "chameleon plant" because it can fade in color and get more brilliant in a period of days, I guess the nutrients and CO2 really play a huge part in the coloration. I went on vacation for 10 days and the wallichi, through a lack of ferts during that time, actually went almost green accept for the very tip's of the plant and the bottoms shedded very easily.

Here is another shot of the 30 gallon I had it in...

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I have had some of these since october. And it has struggled all of the time, however just within the last 3 weeks it has started to come around. Same with my macrandra. I'd say it takes some time to adapt to your conditions.

I'm using 4.3wpg, co2 injection, and dosing KNO3 and K2SO4 with micros. The worst thing is the algae on them, it needs a gentle current so algae won't settle on them.

Also, I have read on some other sites about keeping them under 10k lights. Has anyone had any experience doing this with willichi or any other red plants?
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