Jungle Vallisneria (Vallisneria americana) is a very attractive, yet hardy and undemanding plant that is ideal for the larger aquarium. It is one of the most long- and often-kept plant species in the aquarium hobby due to its ease of care and durability. It is a perfect background plant that will grow all the way to the top of the aquarium and it propagates prolifically. It is one of the few plants that can tolerate brackish water, although it will not grow as quickly under these conditions.
Jungle Vallisneria is a member of the tapegrass plant family. It can grow several feet tall and it provides valuable refuge for timid fish and fry, which will actually encourage those shy species to venture into the open more often. Jungle Vallisneria should be planted with its crown above the substrate. It will establish strong roots and is unlikely to be uprooted by bottom-dwelling fish. Its leaves should not be trimmed, as they will typically rot and fall off when damaged.
Please Note: This plant will sometimes shed its leaves when transported into a new aquarium. It is usually still alive in this state and should not be discarded. It will typically grow new, stronger leaves rather quickly if it is planted and allowed to acclimate.
Jungle Vallisneria does not require CO2 supplementation or overly high lighting. It prefers slow-moving, hard water that is rich in calcium, but it is highly adaptable to most water parameters. It will grow fastest under high lighting, but it can adapt to moderate lighting as well. It is very flexible and will even grown in sand, but of course will grow faster in nutrient-rich substrate.
Like most plants, Jungle Vallisneria will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, iron, potassium, nitrogen, and other plant supplements.
- Temperature: 64° - 82° F (18° - 28° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 9.0
- Lighting: Moderate to High
- Origin: Indigenous to North, Central, and South America
- Aquarium placement: Background
- Care: Easy
You are buying two rooted plants.
Right now, the Jungle vals are averaging 16+" tall.
Plant the roots, Not the plant itself (where the green starts) in your substrate. Planting this plant too deep can cause it to melt. Adding a fertilizer tab a couple of inches from the roots is suggested.