Rotala Macrandra Red

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1 bunch - 8-10 stems - fully submersed red growth

Here's a summary of parameters for Rotala macrandra 'Red':

  • Scientific Name: Rotala macrandra 'Red'
  • Water Temperature: 68-82°F (20-28°C)
  • pH Level: 5.5-7.5
  • Water Hardness: Soft to moderately hard (2-15 dGH)
  • Lighting: High lighting levels are crucial for Rotala macrandra 'Red'. Provide at least 8-10 hours of intense light per day, preferably with full spectrum LED lighting.
  • CO2 Requirement: CO2 supplementation is highly beneficial for promoting healthy growth, vibrant red colors, and compact growth, especially in higher light setups.
  • Substrate: A nutrient-rich substrate is essential. Use a high-quality planted aquarium substrate or add root tabs to provide essential nutrients. Rotala macrandra 'Red' can root into the substrate, but it can also be grown as a floating plant.
  • Propagation: Rotala macrandra 'Red' can be propagated by cuttings. Simply trim healthy stems and replant them into the substrate, or allow them to float until they develop roots.
  • Care Level: Moderate to high. Regular pruning is necessary to maintain its bushy appearance and prevent it from becoming too dense. Trim any excess growth to promote denser and healthier growth.
  • Special Considerations: This plant is a variation of Rotala macrandra known for its intense red coloration, especially under high light and CO2 supplementation. It appreciates stable water conditions and thrives in well-oxygenated water. Rotala macrandra 'Red' can also benefit from regular fertilization with a comprehensive liquid fertilizer containing iron and micronutrients to support its growth and vibrant coloration. It is a popular choice for adding a striking and eye-catching element to the midground or background of planted aquariums.

By maintaining these parameters and providing proper care, Rotala macrandra 'Red' can thrive in your aquarium, adding a stunning and vibrant red accent to your aquascape.

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