Rotala wallichii

Rotala wallichii in an aquarium

Synonymies
Hydrolythrum wallichii, Ammannia wallichii, Ammannia myriophylloides.

Description
Beautiful tender aquarium plant with small straight leaves. When the plant gets enough light it will get sort of red. This plant needs soft, acid water.

My experiences
Although the plant didn't get soft, acid water in my aquarium, it still grew pretty good and developed to a beautiful plant. This plants is sensitive for algae's, which I had a lot in my aquarium at the time I had this plant. Therefore I only had this plant for about one till two months. This plant is often mentioned as a plant for the front area of the aquarium, but I myself think it's get to high for this place, because it got about 40 cm high in my aquarium. This plant is definitely not a plant for new aquariums or for beginners.

Place and lighting in my aquarium
This plant stood in the middle of my aquarium. The lighting I used at the time was a 0.42 Watt/liter lumilux TL lighting (2*18 Watt).
 

Foot-note
The picture on this page is taken from the book 'Handboek aquariumplanten' of Christel Kasselmann.

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