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Rotala Indica
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Rotala Indica (Rotala indica)

Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Color Form Green, Red
Water Conditions 72-82° F, KH 3-8, pH 6.5-7.5
Max. Size 1' 2"
Origin Farm Raised, USA
Family Lythraceae
Lighting Moderate to High
Supplements Trace Elements, CO2 Fertilization, Iron, Potassium
Placement Mid-ground
Propagation Cuttings
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Rotala indica has small leaves that are green on the top and pink on the bottom. This plant originates from India, and is an ideal mid-ground plant that will add color to the freshwater planted aquarium. Because of the small leaf size, it will grow rather densely, and may need to be thinned out in time.

The Rotala indica is a relatively fragile plant that should not be included in an aquarium with overly active fish that may damage the fragile stems. It prefers a water temperature that is toward the upper end of its acceptable range, and it requires a moderate to high level of light of 3 to 5 watts per gallon provided by full spectrum bulbs (5000-7000K).

Reproduction within this species is by cuttings. Simply cut the plant at the height that you desire, but leave room for growth, then strip the leaves off of about an inch of the stem, and plant into the gravel. In time, roots will form at the last node and will aid in keeping the plant in place. The Rotala indica benefits from regular additions of CO2, iron rich fertilizers, and trace elements.

Approximate Purchase Size: Bare Root. 4" to 6"

Customer Testimonials

Anonymous PA
The plant arrived dry with not the merest touch of moisture and surprisingly enough a bonus plant I did not order. I removed a rather large snail and placed it in water quaranteen for a day or two. I was rather pleased to see that after it has been in the tank two days, noticeable growth is seen on almost all the ends. It does look like this is a rather healthy specimen afterall. It adds a nice color variation for the tank.
Connie Auburn , NY
This is the most prolific and hardiest aquarium plant I have ever had! It will do well under varied lighting, pH, and KH conditions. I was hesitant to try it as my tank parameters did not meet the specs. I started with one bunch that looked a little small and timid when it came......Now it has all but taken over and I have transferred some to another tank with different parameters where it continues to thrive. It has a nice olive green color with pink highlights.(By coincidence, I would recommend a Red Finned Shark to keep it clean from algae.) Mine has grown the full 18" of the tank height and beyond. It grows side shoots easily and can be cut anywhere to start a new planting. I have active larger fish and the plant stays well rooted. It doesn't require CO2 nor does it require a specific substrate. I do use Kent, Flourish Root Tabs, and Flourish Excel for ferts. I do not fertilize heavily. If you have struggled with plants in the past, or are an experienced keeper, this is a great plant
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