Lillaeopsis and Rotala macrandra
Subject: substrate for lileopsis & r. macrandra
> I was thinking of adding lileopsis (sp.?) and rotala macrandra t
> desktop 5.5 gal tank. What would be a good soil to use with ver
> Potting soil or soil from my backyard garden which has a lot of
> Also, would 30 watts of daylight flourescent be enough for r. ma
> a 5.5 gal? If so, should I pot it?
If you have sufficient light, and a fine substrate, lillaeopsis
should do fine. You _may_ find that you need supplemental CO2
with this light level too.
I've definitely found that at least in my tanks, Rotala macrandra
does _much_ better potted with soil. I just use potting soil for
convenience. The problem I see is that if your R. macrandra does
well, you'll have a hard time controlling it in a 5.5G tank. In
my 55G, it is curling all over the top of the tank by the time I
do my next weekly water change/plant pruning session. It grows
like weeds if it's happy.
Aquatic Gardeners Assoc.