Rotala Rotundifolia is carpeting

Berryblue

Hi planted tank friends,

I've had my rotala rotundifolia for a couple months and I am finally start to see some growth after adding c02 and adding a better light. I was originally getting leggy growth and I have been clipping the tops and propagating them. But now as I am seeing carpeting growth versus growth upwards. Is that normal or does it mean that I need to add more light duration? I am running my light at around 6-7hrs and I am dosing Thrive twice a week, as well as using root tabs. As always, I am in a daily war against BBA but I am in better shape than a month ago, however some of the taller stems have BBA in the lower half of their stem. Here's a pic.


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AquEric

I'm switching my fertilizer was using API leaf zone and going to seachem flourish Excel I've been reading good reviews about it they say it will get rid of BBA
 
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Berryblue

I just read your "still awake" post. Did you not go to bed? Haha. Last week I did a dosing of 50% hydrogen peroxide and flourish excel and it did wonders. I will do another dose this wknd when I do my water change.
 
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AquEric

I just read your "still awake" post. Did you not go to bed? Haha. Last week I did a dosing of 50% hydrogen peroxide and flourish excel and it did wonders. I will do another dose this wknd when I do my water change.
Na I have insomnia bad how do you like the excel I'm switching from leaf zone it's ok but I think my plants could do bo
 
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Berryblue

The combo of hydrogen peroxide and flourish excel worked like magic. It went away in a week in the places that I spot treated. The challenge is getting into all the nooks and crannies and whether it will return if I don't fix the underlying problem.
 
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AquEric

I've used hydrogen peroxide on my ram eggs never thought about using it on my plants
 
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Mike1995

I've had my rotala do that as well. a lot. It started carpeting all over the tank in fact, and eventually growing upwards. it was like a vine almost. just spread everywhere. I actually cut a lot of it out and moved it to my 90g and its starting to do it in there as well.
 
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LukeCasteel

that is absolutely fascinating to me, i have never seen a rotala carpet!
very beautiful plants you have.
and good luck with the BBA.
i am sure you will find what works for you
 
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Berryblue

I've had my rotala do that as well. a lot. It started carpeting all over the tank in fact, and eventually growing upwards. it was like a vine almost. just spread everywhere. I actually cut a lot of it out and moved it to my 90g and its starting to do it in there as well.

I see, at least this is happening to someone else. I was wondering if it was doing this because it was deficient in something specific (which could still be the case). I am hoping for some height in the future.
 
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Berryblue

that is absolutely fascinating to me, i have never seen a rotala carpet!
very beautiful plants you have.
and good luck with the BBA.
i am sure you will find what works for you

Yes, it is not what I expected. I planted all the stems in the background and it has slowly been inching its way all the way to the foreground. I also have situations when I snip the tops of the stem, the offshoots grow horizontally with roots. So, I will snip those and plant them in the substrate too.
 
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