Rotala Macrandra 'Narrow Leaf'
Common Name: Macranda Narrow Leaf
Plant Use: Background
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Light Demand: High
Co2 Demand: High
Fertilizer Demand: High
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Description: Rotala Macrandra 'Narrow Leaf' is a captivating aquatic plant admired for its slender and finely textured leaves, adding a touch of elegance to freshwater aquariums. Belonging to the Lythraceae family, this species is native to Southeast Asia. The 'Narrow Leaf' variant is characterized by its delicate and elongated leaves that exhibit varying shades of red and pink under optimal conditions. This plant's graceful appearance makes it a popular choice among aquarists seeking to introduce a visually striking and refined element to their aquascapes.
- Scientific Name: Rotala Macrandra 'Narrow Leaf'
- Family: Lythraceae
- Origin: Southeast Asia
- Difficulty Level: Moderate to Advanced
- Lighting Requirements: High
- CO2 Requirement: Medium to High
- Temperature Range: 72-82°F (22-28°C)
- pH Range: 5.5-7.0
- Propagation: Cuttings, Side Shoots
1. Lighting: Rotala Macrandra 'Narrow Leaf' thrives in high lighting conditions. Providing intense light is crucial for the plant to display its vibrant colors and maintain compact growth.
2. CO2 and Nutrients: This plant benefits from elevated carbon dioxide levels and a nutrient-rich environment. Supplementing CO2 and offering a comprehensive fertilizer regimen, including micronutrients, supports its optimal growth and coloration.
3. Water Parameters: Maintain a temperature range of 72-82°F (22-28°C) and a slightly acidic to neutral pH between 5.5-7.0. Adequate water circulation helps distribute nutrients and encourages healthy growth.
4. Planting: Plant the cuttings or stems in the substrate, ensuring they are well-rooted. Consider planting in groups to create a visually appealing cluster of slender leaves. Rotala Macrandra 'Narrow Leaf' is often used as a midground or background plant in aquascapes.
5. Pruning: Regular pruning is essential to maintain the desired shape and prevent overcrowding. Trim any excessive growth to encourage bushier lateral branching.
6. Propagation: Rotala Macrandra 'Narrow Leaf' can be propagated through cuttings or side shoots. Simply trim a healthy stem and replant it in the substrate. The plant will also produce side shoots that can be separated and planted.
7. Aquascape Compatibility: Due to its graceful and slender foliage, Rotala Macrandra 'Narrow Leaf' is an excellent choice for adding vertical interest to the midground or background of aquascapes. It complements other aquatic plants and creates a visually appealing focal point.
8. Substrate and Planting Depth: Plant the cuttings or stems in a nutrient-rich substrate, providing enough depth for secure anchoring. The substrate should contain essential nutrients to support the plant's growth and color development.
Rotala Macrandra 'Narrow Leaf' is a stunning addition to planted aquariums, bringing an element of sophistication to underwater landscapes. With the right care and attention to lighting and nutrient requirements, this aquatic marvel thrives, showcasing its slender and graceful leaves in the aquatic environment.