Corkscrew Vallisneria (Vallisneria torta), Bunch w/Lead
Corkscrew Vallisneria is a classic plant that can grow to an impressive height and is perfect for the background of small and medium tanks!
Corkscrew Vallisneria (Vallisneria torta) is a very attractive, yet hardy and undemanding plant that is ideal for the background of the small to medium 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.
Corkscrew Vallisneria is a member of the tapegrass plant family. It can grow up to 20 inches 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. Corkscrew 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.
Corkscrew 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, Corkscrew Vallisneria will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, iron, potassium, nitrogen, and other plant supplements.
What We Like About This Plant:
- Tall growth that is ideal for the background of small to medium aquariums
- Very easy to propagate
- Provides a great deal of cover for animal fry
- Very hardy and durable
- Temperature: 72° - 82° F (22° - 28° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 7.5
- Lighting: Moderate to High
- Origin: Indigenous to Central and South America, cultivated in US nurseries
- Aquarium placement: Background
- Care: Easy
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