Difficulty 2

Although the leaves are small and the distance between them (the nodes) is large, if planted in groups, this plant will appear quite dense.

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Rotala wallichii

Common name: Whorly rotala Origin: Southeast Asia Maximum height: 16 in (40 cm) Growth rate: Medium, Fast Area: Background, Midground Light: Bright to Very Bright Temperature: 72-86°F (22-30'C) Propagation: Cuttings Difficulty: 3

This rotala is often confused with many Myriophyllum species and does indeed look very similar, except that the needlelike leaves are not branched but singular. Use the plant in well-spaced groups as a background plant, or as a midground plant in larger aquariums. It will grow easily for a short period, but to maintain prolonged health it must have soft water, good lighting, and an adequate supply of nutrients.

Sagittaria pusilla

Synonym: Sagittaria subulata var. pusilla

Common name: Dwarf sagittaria

Origin: Eastern North America

Maximum height/spread: 4-10 in (10-25 cm)

Growth rate: Medium, Fast

Area: Foreground

Light: Bright

Temperature: 72-86T (22-30°C) Propagation: From runners Difficulty: 1

This tough plant is an ideal choice for the foreground, where a group of plants with overlapping leaves will look most attractive. The leaves vary in length from 2-6 in (5-15 cm), depending on water and light conditions. The plant is hardy, will tolerate hard water, and survives in moderate to low lighting, although brighter lighting will keep it healthy and strong. Allow room for it to spread.

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