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Why are my valls growing like grass?

So today I tore down my 125 so I could paint the back black and really clean the tank out, it needed it bad! I thought the vals were just not doing well as after they melted when I put them in the tank they never grew more then about 2 inches high. After I moved a bunch of sand out of the way, I found that the vals had spread out in a really large area. What could cause the vals to spread out like a grass but not grow upward?

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They receive enough light and therefore aren't prompted to grow upwards in search of it but it is rather strange that a val wouldn't grow more than 2 inches... maybe you have dwarf sag instead? Vals spread by sending runners which explains why they are concentrated in an area.
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I bought them from someone on here. When they came in the mail back in July they were very long, well over a foot.

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excel.
They didnt grow much at all before the excel, this new growth all happen after using excel. As long as its growing I'm happy.

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The excel is melting them.
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Shhhh, don't tell my val's excel will melt them, they've been on it for 6 months or so.


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The excel is melting them.
Nope. The vals melted when I first put them in the tank back in July. I just started using excel a few weeks ago and they just now started to grow back, but instead of growing up, they have spread out, making a chain.

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The excel is melting them.

If this where true, my vals should all be melted.. Not growing like weeds, and taking over my tank.
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