Rotala wallichii 12 Stems
Sold as cuttings approx 10-15cm
Emersed Grown 12 stems $5.95 - value for money
Submersed Grown 6 stems $6.95
Rotala wallichii is a demanding plant that develops red shoot tips in good light conditions. The most decorative effect can be achieved by planting a large number of stems in a group. Rotala walichii is a good foreground plant and suitable for small aquariums because it is easy to prune if it grows too large. CO2 addition boosts growth considerably. It also prefers soft, slightly acidic water.
R. wallichii requires bright illumination, CO2 injection, and a balanced fertilization regime to thrive. Lighting should be at least 2 watts per gallon for best coloration and growth. Ample, steady amounts of CO2 from either a do-it-yourself yeast or a pressurized system is needed. Nitrate should be dosed for consistency, with smaller, more frequent doses being better. This plant grows best when nitrates are not allowed to reach zero but not kept over 20-25 ppm. R. wallichii appreciates relatively high phosphate levels (1-2 ppm) and heavy iron/micronutrient dosing. When conditions are good, this plant will reward the hobbyist with luxuriant, bright pink, orange, or deep red stems one inch or greater in diameter. Unfortunately, it is a frequent target of fish and invertebrates inclined to browse on aquatic vegetation, so care should be taken when choosing fauna.
This Rotala forms luxurious, fluffy, pink groupings which grow to the water's surface. This plant produces its most colorful, vibrant growth along the water's surface, where it also develops the greatest number of side shoots. When it gets too tall, R. wallichii can be pruned by cutting off the tops and leaving behind the rooted portions or uprooting the rooted portions and replanting the tops. Propagation can be performed by simply snipping off stems that are too tall and replanting them in the substrate.
R. wallichii is often used in both Nature Aquarium style and Dutch style layouts as a colorful, reddish accent located in the midground or background. For best effect, it should be planted three to five stems at a time with a pair of tweezers to form large, dense groupings.