Rotala macrandra has a well-deserved reputation as a favorite in the aquarium hobby. When it comes to intense coloration, it has few equals and is sometimes known as “king of the reds”. Its appearance can be quite stunning when in top condition. Unlike the majority of Rotala, it is rather demanding in its requirements. It is best suited to aquariums with high-intensity lighting and will not tolerate shading. Individual stems should be planted far enough apart to ensure that lower regions get adequate light.