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Old 05-07-2006, 05:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, my lovely wife got me a new camera as a wedding present so it's time to start practicing. Here's a shot of Rotala sp. 'pink'.

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Wow, beautiful shot! Anything in the care of to be aware of?
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Hello there.

Tought I´d share my Rotala sp. pink with you:







It´s a beautiful plant. It can form compact bushes if trimmed often.


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Nice pictures Andre. Thanks for sharing.
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Beautiful plants and great photos.
I wish I could take pictures like these.

Are these all 4 photos of Rotala sp. 'pink' ?
The last 2 look just like Rotala Indica, that I have, under different lighting.
There are so many different Rotala sps, it's very confusing to me.
Even some Ludwigea and Rotala are confusing.
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Yes, those are all Rotala sp. 'pink'. If you seem rotundifolia (indica is incorrect) and sp. 'pink' side by side one is definitely more pink than the other. It is hard to tell from photos.
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I've been able to turn my R. rotundifolia BRIGHT pink, and almost orange in some cases by restricting nitrate (no fish, no dosing) and having abundant traces, CO2 and high light. Just be careful, zero nitrates can cause BGA outbreaks.

Anyways, cool new species! I'd love to see how it looks side by side with my rotundifolia. If you dose heavy on the nitrates does it turn bright green or actually stay pink?
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The pink is more pronounced with lower nitrates, though I'm convinced that good lighting and sufficient iron are more important for bringing out reds and pinks in plants.
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The pink is more pronounced with lower nitrates, though I'm convinced that good lighting and sufficient iron are more important for bringing out reds and pinks in plants.

Hello.

Aaron you are correct. I have always high levels of nitrates because my tap water comes like that ( around 20 ppm) so, to me also, high levels of traces plus intensive light are the key to get this colour from Rotala pink. I recently upgraded my lighting from 4 X 55W PC to 4 X 39W T5HO and boy, the plants took off with beatiful colours, especially the red ones!

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I don't mean to change the subject but

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I recently upgraded my lighting from 4 X 55W PC to 4 X 39W T5HO and boy, the plants took off with beatiful colours, especially the red ones!
With high level of nitrate and traces, can you lower the wattage by switching to T5HO and grow plants with better colors?

Is T5HO that much more intensive than PC?
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