Jungle Val - Vallisneria americana
Jungle Val (Vallisneria americana, also sometimes referred to as Tapegrass, V. gigantea or V. americana 'gigantea') has long, straight green leaves that are thicker and wider than many other Vallisneria. The leaves can grow very long and makes it an excellent background plant. This is one of the few plants that can survive in brackish water tanks with very low salinity.
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.
|Common Name||Jungle Val|
|Scientific Name||Vallisneria americana|
|Origin||North America, Central America|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to Fast|
|Water Hardness||Soft to Moderate|
Ratings & Reviews
Bad... really bad...
by Michael Ray
I was soooo disappointed ti the order that I just got in. The plants were just this side of dead. I can't see ever ordering from them again.
My Gold fish loved it
I bought some Junggle Val a month or so ago and my gold fish liked there roots and pulled all of them up. SO I put ancors on them and put them in a different tank of mine they are soning awesome and have several runner plants already starting and they are about 6 inchs tall already. very pleased with my sellection. I got some red jungle Val also and it is doing great also.