Originally Posted by tazcrash69
Just to make sure that the obvious isn't missed, Did you completely bury the vals? Sorry for the te4chnical terms here, but if you bury the little "bulby" thing the (proper name escapes me, need coffee) leaves grow out of, the plant will rot and die.
Other than that, my vals seem to be doing well in very hard water (kH 8, gH 20).
I can't say I've ever had a problem with burying the base of the plant. I just took 57 corkscrew vals to my LFS two weeks ago - I don't have any problem growing them. However: when I first got the vals (both corkscrew and italian) they took a few weeks to get established - but when they did they became unstoppable! Also, Fluorish Excel at dosages for BBA will cause vals to melt. They sure do love CO2!
72g bowfront planted, CO2, 2x - T5HO, Eheim 2213 and 2013, red tiger lotus, vals, java fern and moss, crypts, swords, mbuna tank: Yellow labs, Ps. demasoni, clown plecos, SAE's.
10g mini-reef. 16lbs LR, green mushroom, star polyps, wagon wheel polyps, purple mushroom, candycane, hammer, other zoas, CUC.