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Old 10-12-2002, 02:49 PM   #1
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OK, I ordered 5 jungle val on ebay and they came in about 2 monhts ago. I put them into my 55 tank (with 2.75 watts/gallon) and they started to grow. Then they stopped, and before I knew it I only had 2 left!!! I knew that 5 wasn't going to be enough, and that Jungle Val reproduces readily. So, now I have 2 jungle val, one is dieing, but another has produced 2 runners ( or really, it produced a new plant, and then the new plant made another one). The thing is though, the leaves curl, and don't grow straight up... What can I do to get more of a val like look out of these jungle vals?!
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Old 10-14-2002, 12:38 PM   #2
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Slow growth will cause more curling in those leaves. The faster they grow, the straighter they grow. So you're not seeing as fast of a growth as you'd like to see? Five basics - Light-CO2-N-P-K.

2.75wpg is enough light. What are your N03 levels? Vals are fairly strong root feeders so a Jobe's stick near the largest plant's base would help ensure adequate N-P-K supplementation.

That leaves CO2. I'm using DIY CO2 generators and it's pretty frustrating trying to keep CO2 levels up. When they do fall, I see the same thing you're seeing - slow growth, small leaves, some die-off.
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Old 10-15-2002, 02:21 AM   #3
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OK, that helps... I finished adding my flourite, and after removing the pots (they took up a lot of space) I realized how few plants I have!!! Time to get more plants!! I need to get some Jobes Fertalizer spikes (where can I get them??) and put them in with my flourite. My val has been producing some runners, I think I have 3 or 4 now... I want to wait until they are of decent size to cut them off and plant them seperatley. Also, I just recently hooked up my CO2 reactor, and it is working!! I did the water pump witha gravel vac with foam in the end, and it seems to be doing a good job. Thanks for the reply!!!

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I got my Jobe's sticks at Wal Mart. You can get them at K Mart, Home Depot or any garden center.

Sometimes a plant will concentrate on sending runners and establishing roots before growing their leaves significantly. Once thos vals root themselves, you should see more leaf growth.
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