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Care Sheet for Rotala 'Fujian'

Rotala 'Fujian' is a unique and eye-catching aquatic plant that is characterized by its intricate branching and delicate foliage. It is a relatively rare and sought-after species in the aquarium hobby. Here are some care guidelines to help you successfully cultivate and maintain Rotala 'Fujian' in your freshwater aquarium:

Water Parameters:

  • Temperature: Rotala 'Fujian' prefers tropical temperatures ranging from 72-82°F (22-28°C).
  • pH: It thrives in slightly acidic to neutral water with a pH range of 6.0-7.5.
  • Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water with a dGH of 2-10 is ideal for this plant.
  • Lighting: Moderate to high lighting of at least 2-3 watts per gallon is recommended to promote healthy growth and maintain the plant's unique branching structure.


  • Rotala 'Fujian' can be planted in a variety of substrates, including gravel, sand, or aquatic plant-specific substrate. However, a nutrient-rich substrate, supplemented with root tabs, will promote faster growth and stronger root development.


  • Regular fertilization is crucial to ensure optimal growth and maintain the plant's delicate foliage. Use a complete liquid fertilizer or add root tabs to the substrate to provide essential nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. CO2 injection is not mandatory but can enhance growth and coloration.


  • Rotala 'Fujian' can be propagated through stem cuttings. Simply trim the tops of healthy stems and replant them in the substrate. New shoots will quickly emerge from the cuttings and form new plants.


  • Regular pruning is necessary to maintain the plant's unique branching structure and prevent it from becoming too dense. Trim the tops of the stems to encourage lateral branching and create a bushy appearance.
  • Keep an eye out for signs of nutrient deficiencies such as yellowing leaves or stunted growth, and adjust fertilization accordingly.
  • Remove any dead or decaying leaves promptly to prevent them from rotting and causing water quality issues.

Aquarium Placement:

  • Rotala 'Fujian' is best placed in the midground or background of the aquarium, where it can serve as a striking focal point or provide a unique contrast to other aquatic plants or fish.


  • Rotala 'Fujian' is generally compatible with a wide range of aquarium fish and invertebrates. However, avoid keeping it with herbivorous fish or snails that may graze on the foliage.

Potential Challenges:

  • Rotala 'Fujian' may require careful attention to maintain its delicate foliage structure and prevent it from becoming too dense or overgrown.
  • Algae growth on the leaves or stems is a common challenge. Ensure that lighting and nutrient levels are balanced, and practice good aquarium maintenance to prevent excessive algae growth.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate and enjoy the unique beauty of Rotala 'Fujian' in your freshwater aquarium. Remember to monitor water parameters, provide adequate lighting and nutrients, and perform regular maintenance to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

Rotala "Fujian" - Rooted

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  • WHAT IS even BETTER?

    This is a well rooted plant, grown in soil for stronger roots and better health, THE ONLY option that might be better is the SUBMERGED version – as these plants are already grown in water for you!

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