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Rotala ramosior 'Florida'

Discussion in 'Aquatic Plant Species' started by AaronT, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. AaronT

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    This is turning out to be one of my favorites. :cool:

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    does it grow side shoots when you trim the tops ?

    beautiful. would love to get my hands on this.
     
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    It's beautiful man


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  4. AaronT

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    Yes, it will side shoot. It's starting too now without being topped.
     
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    Is this the same as r. sunset?
     
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    I'll certainly try it. I did a few light test with the normal type.
    Seems a shaded R. sunset will wilt back at the tip. I took an otherwise healthy untouched plant growing very well, as well as a few others in another location in the same tank, and added some plants over a pair to shade them to about 30 umols from 120 at the tip down to about 90 at the bottom.
    Less than 3 days later.......you can see it had a pronounced effect.

    I wonder if this type might be less picky about pruning and tip issues.
    I can grow the snot out of the plant, but some stems hate trimming. Others grow great.
    Scissors, fingers, down near the roots, waiting till the stems break off naturally, you name the pruning method, I've tried it.
     
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    I'll certainly try it. I did a few light test with the normal type.
    Seems a shaded R. sunset will wilt back at the tip. I took an otherwise healthy untouched plant growing very well, as well as a few others in another location in the same tank, and added some plants over a pair to shade them to about 30 umols from 120 at the tip down to about 90 at the bottom.
    Less than 3 days later.......you can see it had a pronounced effect.

    I wonder if this type might be less picky about pruning and tip issues.
    I can grow the snot out of the plant, but some stems hate trimming. Others grow great.
    Scissors, fingers, down near the roots, waiting till the stems break off naturally, you name the pruning method, I've tried it.
     
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    me too! I love the regular sunset, but the wilting and melting upon trimming is just %###^....
    Please tell me the result! I would love to but this plant :)

    greets,

    yme
     
  9. AaronT

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    Well, yes and no. They are both Rotala ramosior. I have no idea where the 'Sunset' was originally collected, but it is decidedly true red in color compared to this one. This one my friends and I found in southwestern Florida a few years ago.

    It seems to have the same slower growth rate of 'Sunset', but is a little easier to grow.

    I've never had that melting issue when trimming 'Sunset' though.

    Here they are side by side. 'Sunset' is on the right. Sorry for the pic. A nice macro lens is on the to-do list...

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    Nice is has a different red shade of color.
     
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    great colours!

    I really hope this plant is less picky!

    yme
     
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    Thanks for the side by side shot. Pretty plant and if it doesn't behave like r. sunset, I'd might be interested in trying it. I'm done with r. sunset :).
     
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    R. Sunset colours are imo just setup related (ferts & light) .
    The left ones were grown under a 965 compactbulb and the right one under T4 6000K.

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    fullsize: http://img5.fotos-hochladen.net/uploads/sunsetxwob87xa9qe.jpg
     
  14. AaronT

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    Yes, certainly bulb colors play a role in how plants look. The color on the right in your picture is what I generally experience in my tank. This is the best I have had it looking.

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    Anyone have some to share? PM please
     
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