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Re: Neil Frank's Rotala Macranda


>Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 19:24:05 -0400
>From: Walter Wu <chunker at geocities_com>
>Reply-To: chunker at geocities_com
>Organization: Looking for a Saint Bernard puppy (someday)...
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>To: cyn at metronet_com
>Subject: Please forward to the list...Neil Frank's Rotala Macranda
>Last week, I got a few cuttings of Neil Frank's Rotala Macranda.  He
>had some from two different tanks; the first bunch was kept in a tank
>with approximately 1 watt per gallon of light, the second bunch was in a
>tank with 2 watts per gallon.  He asked me to post up what my
>observations are of the same species of plant being kept in two
>different intensities of lighting (yet much lower intensity than what
>some other people have stated when they have kept this plant.).
>Both bunches of plants show the same size of leaves, same shape (full/
>round and slightly ruffled/ crinkled), same length between the nodes,
>but the leaves of the plants from the tank with about 1 watt per gallon
>have a slightly green coloring on the upper sides and the under sides
>are of a more faded and almost light purple, whereas the leaves of the
>plants kept in 2 watts per gallon tank show a brighter pinkish red on
>both surfaces of the leaves.  I also noticed that the stems on the 2
>watt per gallon plants show a brighter red as well.  The coloring of the
>under sides both bunches is _fairly_ close, but side by side, you can
>definitely tell a difference.  As Neil stated, he keeps one bunch in a
>tank located higher than eye level, so you would tend to see the under
>sides of these plants.
>I'm keeping these in a 20 gallon high tank with 55 watts of lighting. 
>I'll make a post later on to update on how these plants react to the
>conditions I'm keeping them in (and at that time I'll post those
>Thanks for listening.
>Walter P. Wu
>chunker at geocities_com
http://www.metronet.com/~cyn  in roastingly hot North Texas

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