Potted Rotala Indica Aquarium Plant
Scientific name: Rotala indica
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 40 - 60 cm (15.75 - 23.62 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 5.8 - 7.1
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 26 °C (71.6 - 78.8°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Cuttings
Origin (in the wild): Sri Lanka
How fast these plants grow: Fast
Recommended substrate: Fine gravel
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Background
Asia; they are found in India and Sri Lanka.
This plant is propagated by cuttings. When the mother plant is pruned back keep the cuttings and strip off the bottom leaves to leave an inch of bare stem. Carefully place the cuttings into the substrate ensuring that the stem does not get crushed and roots will appear in a short time, at the first node.
This plant displays small leaves that are green on the top but pink underneath; it will need thinning on a regular basis as it does grow quite densely. Try not to keep this plant with over active fish as it is fragile and the stems can be snapped quite easily. The addition of a CO2 system as well as trace elements will benefit this plant.