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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-16-2004, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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What Val. do I want?

I like the look of the Vallisneria plants but I'm not sure which--if any--will grow adequately under the bad conditions I can offer it. I want to put it in an open-topped stock tank whose primary lighting is from south and east facing windows. It's bright enough for umbrella plant to be happy, but of course the umbrella isn't completely submerged. Are there any vals I can grow with relatively low light? I'm particularly interested in the long ones--the tank is about 2 feet deep and I like having stuff stick out.

Any recommendations? If not vals, are there other "grassy" plants that would do OK?

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Crypt Spiralis is nice. I think it is a low light plant, and it doesn't grow out of control like some vals.
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I don't think any vals actually stick out of the tank though. All the ones I have ever seen float along the surface if they get too long. Although, I like the look of that myself/
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Thanks. That crpt is purty. I'll see what I can locate!
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That is really val spiralis, not crypt, and while it doesn't require high light, it is not really a low light plant.

The leaves do float, and some of them get up to 5 feet long, or more. So buy carefully.

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That is really val spiralis, not crypt, and while it doesn't require high light, it is not really a low light plant.

The leaves do float, and some of them get up to 5 feet long, or more. So buy carefully.

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I'm pretty sure that picture is C. spiralis and not V. spiralis. I have torn tons of the crypt out of my 55 gallon tank.
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OK, it could well be C. Spiralis.

There is also some C. balansae in the picture.

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aww guys...you're trying to confuse me!!! As they apparently look similar, I'll check them both out. Odds are poor I'll find either conveniently located....
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I agree they look a lot alike. I have found that PetCo around here almost always has or has had some type of long thin leaved Crypt.
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OK, it could well be C. Spiralis.

There is also some C. balansae in the picture.

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There is one small C. Balansae in the picture. for some reason it never grows. The Spiralis on the other hand spreads pretty quickly. The balansae was a hitchhiker on some other plants. I think the Balansae might be too shaded which might be stunting it.
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I personally like the look of corkscrew vals. Easy to take care of and they grow rapidly (some could say so fast its annoying!). I found the best way to "control" them was to literally pick up the runner and "bend" it into the direction I want the baby to sprout. I started with one plant that I salvaged from my LFS (about 2 leaves and really sorry looking) and now its about 20-30. The larger plants (older) are all about 12 inches tall. I don't know if that's tall enough for your background...

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How long have you had the C. Balansae Urk? It can be a slow starter, meaning it takes quite some time for the plant to settle in before it starts to grow and reproduce.

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Momo, I have had the Balansae for more than a year. The leaves seem to grow to the length they are in the picture and then melt away. Maybe it isn't balansae? It shot out runners when I first moved it to high light but it hasn't done much since.
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