Choice of Red and Green Plants
Red Stem Plants
Red stem plants are arguably the most demanding of plants in the hobby but they are also the most striking.
Here's a few choices that are a great mix, not together but with other green stem plants as to not overpower the senses!
Rotala macrandra narrow sp
The intense wine red leaves are small and compact that will stand out as amongst a group of green stem plants.
L. arcuata can become an intense deep red. It turns olive green in lower lighting conditions.
A moderate difficulty plant with maroon red leaves.
A delicate stem plant tht will thrives in bright light & lots of nutrients
Easy to shape like it's green contemporary. R. rotundifolia red is an impressive plant if you provide it with lots of light, nutrients, especially iron (Fe2+) and cool water.
Green Stem Plants
Green stem plants provide a nice thick lushness to any planted tank.
Here's a few choices that will surely brighten up your planted tank.
A gorgeous green stem plant with leaves resembling snow-flake, this plant is challenging but rewarding. It need lots of light and nutrients in cool water to flourish.
A favourite stem plant to emerge in recent years. P. erectus is easy to grow into a bushy thicket with minimal effort. In bright light it will turn into a warmer yellow tone.
Rotala pearl is one of the smallest stem plants with very beautiful pink purple undersides. Not the easiest, it takes some patience to make a large thicket.
Syngonanthus sp belem
An old favourite, notoriously difficult plant, S. belem grows well in nutrient rich, high intensity light and cool water. Replanting of crowns is necessary to maintain a nice thick bunch. It's bright green crowns are an impressive sight to behold.
Rotala rotundifolia Green
The ever popular R. rotundifolia green is a staple of the plant tank for it's ability to fill an area. With some skill in trimming, this plant can be teased and shaped to the aquascaper's content.