Corkscrew/Contortionist Val - Vallisneria sp.
There are a few nearly-identical Vallisneria plants that share the common names "Corkscrew Val" and "Contortionist Val", the most common these being V. 'asiatica', V. 'torta', and V. 'biwaensis'. Although different scientific names are used, it is generally thought that they are all cultivated variants of V. americana. The blades on these plants develop a spiral as they grow which can range from a gentle twist to a tighter spiral. These are most attractive in groups and don't get quite as tall as many of their straight-leaved counterparts.
Vallisneria plants, commonly referred to as "Val's", are grass-like plants that can grow very tall in the aquarium. The leaves are very flexible and rather than growing out of the water, leaves longer than the height of the aquarium will typically float on the surface. They can be pruned by trimming the ends of the leaves. There are many variations among the ten recognized species of Vallisneria, most of which are popular and common plants for aquariums. There is a great deal of variation within many Vallisneria species and many species and variations share common names, depending on the source, leading to some confusion among hobbyists.
When planting Val's, only plant the roots in the substrate. The white base of the plant (the "crown") should be left exposed above the substrate. Also avoid pushing pieces of substrate between the leaves of the plant at the base. Val's will usually spread by sending out runners from the roots in the aquarium. Most Val's will thrive best in moderate to high lighting and in softer water. A nutrient-rich gravel will help provide the nutrition the plants need. Leaves may become weak and develop holes or tears if stressed or if not provided with sufficient nutrients but will usually recover with time.
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|Common Name||Corkscrew/Contortionist Val|
|Scientific Name||Vallisneria sp.|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to Fast|
|Water Hardness||Soft to Moderate|
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Ratings & Reviews
Infestation of snails
I ordered six pieces of the plant, they're doing well. I already have about 3 baby plants growing but it would have been nice to know about the snail hitchhikers, I have an infestation now.<BR><br><b><i>That Fish Place: Hi Katie, thanks for messaging. We do apologize for the snail issue. Unfortunately, that is a not too uncommon problem with live plants. You can try using a snail removal supplement or using a highly diluted copper medication and that could help fight them off. </i></b>
by Wilts easily
Wilts easily. Most has dies off.... Some coming back, but not well
The plants seem to be doing well in front of the giant val. A little leaf melt, not bad. Love these plants.
Typical Meltdown stage
The plant is going through a typical melt, so it will be some time before I know how well it has established itself. I have no doubt that it will do fine. With vallisneria, one has to be patient and put up with a little mess to get the rewards of a beautiful plant in the end.
This plant looks great as a background or foreground plant. I have it the corner in front of my jungle Val for variety. And it grew really fast with co2 running.