Rotala Nanjenshan has delicate leaves in the stem which can give a dense appearance. This plant is not dense for small fishes as they can swim through them. Dense and delicate nature makes it a good plant for aquarium with small fishes.

Rotala Nanjenshan plant – Overview

Common NameThey are commonly called Green Wallichi.
ColorThe leaves are bright green in color. The apex of the stem can develop reddish color and is visible in uninterrupted light and with lots of iron content.
Habitat/OriginThey are native to Taiwan where there are lakes, ponds and slowly moving waterways.
Average SizeThey can grow up to a length of 1.2 – 2 cm. the width is 0.5 – 1mm.
Growth RateThey grow fast in the right condition. The growth sometimes depends on the lighting. In high lighting, they can grow faster than in medium lighting.
PlacementThis plant gives a dense look. So they can be placed in the mid-ground or in the background of the tank.
MaintenanceThis aquarium plant does not require much maintenance. It just needs pruning every now and then so that they do not grow too dense in the tank.
Planting MethodsThe stem of the plant can be pushed into the substrate. They will grow a root system in some time. This will help the plant to hold in place. They now develop as a new plant with root and shoot system.
Ideal SetupThe gravel should be fine and 2 to 3 inches in depth. The tank should not contain fishes that are aggressive. Peaceful small fishes can be kept with plants.
Care LevelThe care level of this plant is medium.
SupplementsFertilizers that contain iron, trace elements, and potassium should be provided for this plant. Co2 is not a must but adding a little dosage will increase the growth rate. Instead of Co2, bio-organic carbon can be used.
LightingThe lighting can be moderate but preferably high. In high lighting, they can grow faster.
Water temperatureThe water should be warm with temperature 76 to 82 degree. The light should be between 3 to 5 watts per gallon.
PropogationPropagation happens by cutting. One or more stem of the parent plant can be cut off. The leaves should be removed from the bottom. They can now be placed in the substrate to grow into new plants by developing a root and shoot system. The root system is developed from the last node of the stem.
Approx. CostOne bunch of the plant costs $3.39. A bunch can be approximately 5 to 7 inches. In India, 10 stems are available for Rs. 50.
Common DiseasesThe plant requires regular fertilization. Without a routine fertilization process, blackening may occur and the plant may not develop properly.
What to look for when buyingThe leaves are delicate hence just check if the plant is not blackened or damaged.
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