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Rotala Rotundifolia

Rotala Rotundifolia

Tank Requirements and Water Parameters

Tank size:

Rotala Rotundifolia can be grown in a variety of tanks; including nano aquariums, but is best cultivated in a tank of at least 10 gallons.

Water type, Temperature, Hardness, and pH:


The ideal water temperature for growing Rotala Rotundifolia is between the range of 19 – 28 °C (68 – 82 °F).


The optimal pH level for Rotala Rotundifolia is between 6 – 8.


Rotala Rotundifolia is a resilient plant, it will thrive in soft – hard water: 4-15 dGH.


In most cases Rotala Rotundifolia will do best in high lighting. To promote optimal growth and ideal coloration in Rotala Rotundifolia, maintain lighting for up to 10-12 hours daily.

Under high lighting Rotala Rotundifolia will turn a reddish-pink. Under medium lighting it will stay a yellow-green color.


Rotala Rotundifolia can grow in any substrate, including sand and gravel. It does not require a nutrient-rich substrate.

CO2 and Fertilization:

CO2 supplementation for Rotala Rotundifolia is not required. This aquatic plant grows well in low-tech tanks.

CO2 supplementation will promote dense growth, spurs the growth rate, and facilitates pearling.

Fertilizers are essential nourishment for Rotala Rotundifolia. Fertilization assists in optimal condition and encourages the steady growth of shoots.

Rotala Rotundifolia is mostly a root feeding plant; the root system is pretty strong. Root feeders, like Rotala Rotundifolia, absorb nutrients primarily through its roots. Meaning, you need to dose with root tab fertilizers.

Care and Maintenance of Rotala Rotundifolia

Care and maintenance of Rotala Rotundifolia is highly dependent on nutrient availability, the intensity of lighting, and if CO2 supplementation is used.

Growth Rate:

This aquarium plant will experience a period of slow growth while adapting to tank conditions. After this period of dormancy and with good conditions the plant will flourish, requiring frequent prunings.


Without regular pruning, the plant will grow quite bushy and that’s good for the mid-ground/ background. A semi-regular pruning can help train the plant to keep the desired shape.

As a foreground plant, the shoots will require constant and aggressive pruning to maintain a short and compact form. Heavy trimmings promote dense growth and formation of side shoots.

The bottom line is to cultivate and prune the foliage into the form or shape you desire in your aquarium.

Planting and Propagation of Rotala Rotundifolia

Like most stem plants, Rotala Rotundifolia may be planted by placing the healthy stems into a substrate. Split the plant into several portions and plant them in the substrate using a pair of aquarium tweezers.

Rotala Rotundifolia can be used in layers to create depth.

Rotala Rotundifolia will often send off runners and propagate on its own. Another surefire method is to cut mature stems in half and place or float the newly cut stems.

Problems Associated with Rotala Rotundifolia.

Leggy bottom leaves: When Rotala Rotundifolia gets really dense the bottom leaves will yellow and die back from lack of light. Regular trimming prevents lower portions of the plant from becoming shaded. It will also maintain the bright green-red leaves.

Yellowing leaves: Rotala Rotundifolia is highly dependent on nutrient availability in the substrate.

Benefits of Rotala Rotundifolia

Aquascape: The shape and versatility of Rotala Rotundifolia will be an excellent decorative addition for any aquascape.

Removal of excess nutrients: If you struggle with nitrates, Rotala Rotundifolia will help you out. This plant absorbs and utilizes harmful chemicals that are emitted from fish waste, decayed plant matter, and tap water such as nitrates, ammonia, and phosphates.

Movability: Once planted Rotala Rotundifolia can be easily moved or removed.

Hiding place: It serves as a perfect hiding place for shrimp and fish.

Foraging place: Acts as a buffet of biofilm, which is an ideal first food for newly hatched fry and shrimplets.

Oxygenation: Rotala Rotundifolia oxygenates and aerates the tank water.

Quarantine Rotala Rotundifolia

Before planting, make sure to disinfect the stems in a bleach solution to eliminate pest snails, algae, and parasites that can wreak havoc in the tank.

*Note for all freshwater plant purchases.

All of our plants are grown submersed in a natural aquatic environment. Which includes fish, shrimp, and snails as tank mates. We do not guarantee our plants are snail free. In our opinion, snails are a vital addition to a complete aquatic ecosystem.

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