Italian Vallisneria (Vallisneria spiralis), Bare Root
Italian Vallisneria is an hardy plant that is perfect for the aquarium background!
Italian Vallisneria (Vallisneria spiralis) is a very attractive, yet hardy and undemanding plant that is ideal for the aquarium background. It is one of the most 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.
Italian Vallisneria is a member of the tapegrass plant family. It can grow over 20 inches (51 cm) 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. Italian 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.
Italian 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, Italian Vallisneria will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, iron, potassium, nitrogen, and other plant supplements.
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What We Like About This Plant:
- Tall growth that is ideal for larger aquariums
- Very easy to propagate
- Provides a great deal of cover for animal fry
- Very hardy and durable
- Temperature: 64° - 82° F (18° - 28° C)
- pH: 6.5 - 7.6
- Lighting: Moderate to High
- Origin: Indigenous to North, Central, and South America, cultivated in US nurseries
- Aquarium placement: Background
- Care: Easy
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