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Rotala rotundifolia blood red

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Rotala 'Blood Red' is a striking and vibrant aquarium plant known for its intense red coloration. It belongs to the genus Rotala, which encompasses a variety of aquatic plants popular in the aquarium hobby. Here are key details about Rotala 'Blood Red':

  1. Appearance:

    • The plant's stems and leaves are characterized by a deep red or burgundy color, providing a bold contrast in aquariums.
    • The leaves are typically narrow and can display shades ranging from green to intense red, with the red coloration becoming more prominent under optimal conditions.
  2. Growth Form:

    • Rotala 'Blood Red' has a delicate and feathery appearance, with stems that branch out to form a bushy and attractive aquatic cluster.
    • The plant can be trimmed and pruned to control its size and encourage lateral growth.
  3. Lighting:

    • To maintain the vibrant red coloration, provide moderate to high lighting. Insufficient light may result in less intense coloration and slower growth.
    • Adequate light is essential for photosynthesis and the development of the plant's characteristic hues.
  4. Water Parameters:

    • Temperature: 68-82°F (20-28°C)
    • pH: 6.0-7.5
    • Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water is generally suitable.
  5. CO2 and Nutrients:

    • Like many vibrant aquatic plants, Rotala 'Blood Red' benefits from the addition of carbon dioxide (CO2) in planted aquariums.
    • Providing a nutrient-rich substrate and regular fertilization will support healthy growth and coloration.
  6. Propagation:

    • Propagation is typically achieved through stem cuttings. Trim the stems and replant the cuttings in the substrate, allowing them to root and establish new growth.
    • Regular pruning can also encourage bushier growth.
  7. Compatibility:

    • Rotala 'Blood Red' is generally compatible with a variety of aquarium fish and other aquatic plants.
    • It can be used in both freshwater and brackish water setups.
  8. Maintenance:

    • Regular pruning is recommended to maintain the desired shape and prevent the plant from becoming too dense.
    • Trimmed cuttings can be replanted to propagate and create additional clusters.

Rotala 'Blood Red' is valued for its eye-catching appearance and is often used in aquascaping to add a bold splash of color to planted aquariums. As with any aquarium plant, providing stable water conditions, appropriate lighting, and nutrient supplementation will contribute to the health and vibrancy of Rotala 'Blood Red' in your aquarium.