Rotala Macrandra - Planted Tank Mates

Rotala Macrandra

12” | Background | Advance

Co2: High | Light: High

Root Feeder

Rotala Macrandra

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12″

Care Level: Advance

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: High

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

Rotala Macrandra provides outstanding red colors, but it is very demanding when it comes to nutrients.  The conditions must be perfect which includes a good substrate, iron and trace dosing, high lighting and CO2.  The PH for this plant should not exceed 7.0 as it prefers softer and acidic waters. 

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants

See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

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Description

12” | Background | Advance

Co2: High | Light: High

Root Feeder

12” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

8” | Midground | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

8” | Background | Easy

Co2: Low | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

16” | Background | Medium

Co2: Medium | Light: High

Root Feeder

36” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Column Feeder

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Rotala Macrandra

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12″

Care Level: Advance

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: High

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

Rotala Macrandra provides outstanding red colors, but it is very demanding when it comes to nutrients.  The conditions must be perfect which includes a good substrate, iron and trace dosing, high lighting and CO2.  The PH for this plant should not exceed 7.0 as it prefers softer and acidic waters. 

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Bacopa monnieri

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Midground / Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Most nano community fish including tetras, danios, barbs, rasboras, dwarf gouramis, swordtails, guppies, endlers, platties, shrimp and snails.

Notes

Moneywort makes a good midground to background plant.  Their thick stems need to be planted in aquatic soil or gravel fed with root feeding tabs.  They grow quick, so remove any decaying leaves, trim the stems and plant them right back in the soil.  This is an easy plant that can provide shelter for a lot of smaller fish, shrimp and fry.

 

Cryptocoryne Wendtii

Characteristics:

Max Size: 8″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Midground

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Popular midground plant for tetras, rasboras and danios.  Avoid fish that may shift the soil or uproot it.

Notes

Easy growing plant that's expected to melt in the initial stages of planting underwater.  Feed it root tabs and occasionally supplement with liquid fertilizers including Iron which can help promote coloration.

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Alternanthera Reineckii "Mini"

Characteristics:

Max Size: 8″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Low

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

"AR" Alternanthera Reineckii Rosanervig is the taller version of Alternanthera Reineckii Mini.  The underside is generally more red and the top yellow, but with proper substrate, lighting, CO2 and iron dosing, this plant can display vibrant red colors.  Their leaves are susceptible to algae, so monitor and trim regularly.

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Proserpinaca palustris

Characteristics:

Max Size: 16″

Care Level: Medium

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Medium

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

This greenish to orange-red plant has a wide canopy and distinguished saw-tooth edges.  It's a relatively hardy plant, but with strong lighting and CO2 it can start to show more red colors.

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Najas guadalupensis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 36"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Midground / Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Guppies!  Along with any live bearing fish as it provides great hiding spaces for fry.  Most mid and top dwelling community fish like tetras, danios, rasboras, shrimps and snails

Notes

Guppy grass is a fast and easy plant to grow.  It requires very little care and can propagate by simply cutting the stems and replanting it or letting it float.  It's a column feeder that helps absorb excess nutrients in the water and provides great hiding spaces for fry and shrimps.

 
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