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Downoi, Blyxa japonica, rotala rotundifolia

I already have the rotala, and I really like the other two. I don't want to buy them and see them die, but if it's debatable, I'm willing to try it.

Tank: 47 gallons, 48x12.5x18 (it's like a 55, but shorter)

Lighting: 56 watts T5 (1.2 wpg)
substrate: coarse sand
fertilizer: root tabs and dry ferts
CO2: None yet, but will be using excel
 

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The rotala will definitely work. I defy someone to show me a tank it doesn't grow in, lol. (That's my favorite plant by the way... through all the specialty plants, and hard-to-find ones, it still remains my absolute favorite!)

I've had success with blyxa in an excel-only tank before, but I can't vouch for long-term growth, as that tank ended up getting CO2 about 6 months after the blyxa was added.

As for the downoi, I've never grown it, so I can't comment.
 

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That's awesome about the rotala! I'm so happy to hear that it will grow, because I also love the way it looks. I like both that it has tiny leaves and of course the pink coloring. I hope it stays pink.

Verdict is still out on blyxa and downoi. Anyone else?
 

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You should know that it is *possible* that the rotala might not stay as pink as you like it, but I expect the tips will probably have a pinkish hue for you. It's always a beautiful plant, even in low-light setups.
 
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