With growing interest in planted tanks, hobbyists are always on the look-out for what’s new or different in the hobby. Aquadip’s Joey Abrahams has hints of what retailers can stock
This month I’d like to introduce a plant we have only recently started to offer – Rotala sp. Vietnam H’ra.
This is a really pretty plant – I must point out that it does require a bit of experience, but is definitely worth it.
The plant pictured above has a purple/orange colouring – this occurs when the plant is grown submerged under ideal conditions. If grown emersed, its leaves turn green.
As you can guess by the name, this plant has its origins in Vietnam, in South-east Asia, and ‘H’ra’ refers to the central Vietnamese province of Gia Lai.
The plant is distinctive due to its long, narrow leaves and a creeping growth characteristic – or overhanging, depending on where it is planted. It is also known for its dense growth. As a result, it works well in a foreground or mid-tank location.
As mentioned, this is not really a plant for beginners and it needs high lighting density, regular fertiliser as well as CO2. This can be achieved with a complete plant food such as Easy-Life Profito and a liquid CO2 product such as Easy-Life EasyCarbo. It also needs a temperature range of 22-28°C.
Propagation is via cuttings, which can be taken from its sideshoots.
Rotala sp. Vietnam H’ra is an interesting addition to tanks, and will create good contrast with other plants. It is a great plant and it will create a very nice contrast with other plants in a planted tank.