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Giant red rotala
(Rotala macrandra)

Giant red rotala

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Scientific name
Rotala macrandra

Common name
Giant red rotala


what are his countries of origin?

Origin: Asia, South India

Ideal fertilization

how to fertilize this plant?

CO2: 25-40mg/l
Nitrates (NO3): 10-50mg/l
Phosphates (PO4): 0.1-3mg/l
Potassium (K): 5-30mg/l
Iron (Fe): 0.01-0.5mg/l


which group is this plant?



what is the type of plant?



What are the Water parameters for the maintenance of this plant?

T°: 24 to 29°C or 75 to 84°F
pH: 6 to 7
Hardness: 5 to 15°dGH





what brightness is needed?



what is the maximum size of the plant?

30 to 60cm (12 to 24")


in which area of the aquarium install this plant?



how fast does this plant grow?



Who is the Giant red rotala?


Who is the Giant red rotala?

The Red-leaved Rotala is beautiful and will be perfectly suited to make your aquarium flamboyant. However, it is a very fragile plant and you will need some experience before you start maintaining it. It can reach a height of 60 centimetres / 24 pouce.

Planting and maintenance

How to plant and maintain the Giant red rotala?

Planting and maintenance

How to plant and maintain the Giant red rotala?

Be careful, this plant species is very delicate and demanding. First of all, it is very difficult to maintain it properly, as it does not tolerate travel and will therefore be sensitive to the weather and transport conditions (so avoid buying it on the internet).

It likes warm water, so you should use water between 24 and 29°C (75 to 84°F) for good maintenance. Be careful, thermal shocks can kill your plant, so when installing it, allow space between each foot so that light can penetrate to the base of the plant.

It will need: a supply of Co2, fairly soft water, nutritious soil rich in iron and strong lighting. On this last point, note that the light conditions influence its colouring: the stronger and better the lighting, the more beautiful its colours are! You will have understood that, given its many requirements and its fragility, this plant is only recommended to experts.

Beginners will spend their money for nothing because it is very unlikely that maintenance will be successful in the first steps in aquarium keeping.


How to farm the Giant red rotala?


How to farm the Giant red rotala?

The cultivation of this plant is delicate because it is necessary to know how to control the transplanting. Even so, transplanting this species remains delicate. If the new plant takes hold, it will grow very slowly.

Good To know

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Good To know

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As this plant is fragile, avoid putting it in an aquarium with fish that are too turbulent or have a tendency to nibble.

A good ally against algae, this plant will help young shoots to avoid being invaded by filamentous algae.

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