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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V2 #869
Subject: Rotala macrandra
>My two cents on R. macaranda. I have probaly twenty individual stem
>growing in my 75g community and all show the same basic color pattern.
>They are greenish red most of the way up the stalk until within 2-3cm of
>the surface. For the last two weeks I have not trimmed and now have
>about 12cm bending over at the surface. This surface length is
Color of R. macrandra in the aquarium is very dependent on exact conditions.
> One question though. My
>R. macaranda recently began spotaneously brancing at leaf nodes forming
>almost always two new shoots at a time. Does this noramally happen w/o
Yes. I have found that it is much qicker to branch when it gets tall
enough that it is actually laying on the surface. Then if you leave it for
even a short while, it will branch prolifically. I find this to be the
fastest way to produce more stems for other tanks and/or sale.
> A forthcoming article in TAG on the subject of substrates by yours
> truly should be coming out real soon now. If Neil Frank is currently
> following the APD I hope he can give us an update since many of us in
> the AGA are pining for our next issue of TAG! ;-)
I hope Neil will jump in, but I know he's _very_ busy with his EPA work at
the moment. I _can_ tell you that the next issue of TAG should be at the
printer by now, contains to same number of pages as 3 ordinary issues, and
includes COLOR PHOTOS!
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