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Rotala Wallichi

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by Peter Carroll, Oct 14, 2007.

  1. Peter Carroll

    Peter Carroll Junior Poster

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    Can anyone provide some general parameters for growing Rotala Wallichi?

    The leaves seem to be consideralby shorter than when I purchased the plant. Only the new growth is a vibrant red. What conditions does it perfer?

    I have now trasnferred it to a 90G tank w. 4 Watts 10,000k Aquasun / gallon, NO3 5pmm, PO4 is running at .6ppm which is higher than usual for my tank. KH 4, Ph 6.7- 6.8, moderate fish load, Flourite, no substrate fertilizer for the RW,74-76 F.

    Generally, what promotes the reds in Rotala species?

    Thanks for the help,

    Peter
     
  2. Professor Myers

    Professor Myers Guru Class Expert

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    Off the top of my head I'd suggest a warmer spectrum bulb such as a Coralife Colormax, or any higher quality CF in the 5000/5500K range. Other than that it enjoys brisk current, and does particularly well with Co2 misting. Mine seems to do better in ADA ASA over harder/coarser substrates. If you really enjoy that Red I'd get the Colormax ! When I switched mine to 6700K they flushed considerably. HTH. Prof M
     
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  3. Tom Barr

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    ADA As should help with the Rotala's a lot. KH seems okay. I agree with Prof M's comments.
     
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