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  1. I’m wondering if the Finnex Stingray 2 is too powerful a light for my 29 gallon planted community tank and causing me to have bad algae problems. The algae keeps heavily covering my plant leaves, to which I have to constantly rub off. I currently have crypts, java fern, water sprite, anubias, and vallisneria in it. As well as growing on the plant leaves, a lot of the algae is concentrated on the gravel around the vals and crypts where I have root tabs buried. I currently have 12 neons, 4 corys, 1 red eye tetra, and just added 6 nerite snails to help eat the algae. I keep the light on for 7 hours and water parameters are: temp-75, pH-7.6, ammonia-0, nitrite-0, and nitrates 30ppm. Any help with this would be much appreciated.
  2. First planted aquarium. I clearly didn't buy enough plants for the 60. Got some rocks I found along the road for decor. (tested safe) Hoping they all survive. Got some dwarf baby tears and water sprite coming soon. Anubias will be planted in an easy planter.
  3. I recently bought my first two species of plants - vallisneria, and dwarf sagittaria. One reason I chose them is that I thought they only need liquid fert, but now I'm seeing that they *must* have root tabs. Which is it? Do they need root tabs? Frankly, I don't want to mess with it. (I was planning to buy more of the val and sag, but if they need tabs, I'll hunt down species that don't.) Thanks guys.
  4. Getting a planted tank set up and realized I may have gotten too many plants for my tank. I am considering leaving out the Italian Val I ordered. 1) If I decide to plant it can I aggressively prune it back later without killing it? 2) Can I later remove it without uprooting my entire tank 3) In general do you ever have to worry about aquatic plants choking out other plants like you do in a lawn/garden.
  5. Hey I’m a newbie to plants. I bought two vallisneria plants for my cichlid tank. Can I simply just put the plant in the planter? Do I need to remove anything like the plastic on the bottom of the plant? Both came from Aquarium Co-op. Thanks!
  6. Just ordered it from Aquariumcoop with another of the easy planter where should I put it towards the front or back ? How is it with taking nutrients from the water column ? Or is it better to use root tabs on the rock wool ?
  7. Hi there! I want to move some vallisneria plants to a different tank, but they're heavily infested with Ramshorn snails. Can I dip vallisneria in an alum bath? I know alum can destroy some fragile plants like guppy grass, but I've never heard of results from doing it with val. Thanks so much in advance, Mo
  8. I have Leopard Vallisneria in my 30g tank. When I first put it in they melted but then began to grow back strong and have side shoots. I have since noticed an outbreak of BBA. I tried using H2O2 but it only worked so much. I have now began dosing Excel. I am on my 3rd day only dosing 20ml in my 30 gallon tank. The Leopard Val has now started to melt aggressively. Should I power through and hope the grow back like they have in the past or stop dosing Excel immediately?
  9. I planted vallisneria from Aquarium Co-op on Thanksgiving into some Eco-Complete, and today at the end of January it's still only 2 inches tall. Is that normal?
  10. Hello everyone, I’ve read and watched basically everything I could on Fancy Goldfish, however I’m more interested in personal experiences. I have a ton of Val growing in a 75 gallon rainbow tank. I purchased a few ez planters and was wondering if I could drop one of these into their 150 gallon stock tank. I’d have to use sand in the planter with some root tabs, but will the goldfish let the Val be? Any and all feedback in appreciated. Thank you kindly, Manny
  11. Hey all, I am rescaping my 50 Gallon angelfish tank and I want their to be a vallisneria jungle. I have kept live plants before/ in the present but never vallisneria, any tips?
  12. I am setting up a new tank and will move some of my Val. Do I cut the runner at the mother plant end? New plant? And do I leave it hanging off or cut it off entirely and toss it? I’m not sure if it propagates from the same runner or if it melts back. I have regular jungle Val and dwarf that have both sent several runners and I’ll be trimming and moving.
  13. So I’ve started a new 29 pack gallon tank and have a bunch of vallisneria and juncus repens to scape the tank. I’m going for a grass forest tank, but I’ve never had either of these plants before. Which one should I put in the back or should I put one on either side or just mix them? Or doesn’t it matter? Should I get something like micro swords for the foreground? I’m too indecisive
  14. Hey all! Just a question about jungle val and how it grows. I'm trying to encourage it to grow over the back left to center in my 75, and it's been growing for several months. I've noticed that when I trim it, it seems to get... sad; the cut ends wither and die down to the roots. For a long while I let it just get long and cover the top, but it was getting out of control and not letting in hardly any light. I trimmed it again about a week ago, as I have heard that trimming encourages it to grow thicker. But the same shrively unhappiness is happening again. One clump (in the middle) seems happy though, and has grown some since the trim. What's your experience with jungle val? Do you trim yours regularly? Have you had this same problem? Nitrates range from 20 to 40, and I use root tabs. No liquid ferts.
  15. Just an appreciation post - I was about to be one of those .0001% of people who kill vallisineria except I had a long drive and listened to hours of old Real Fish Talk episodes and Co-op videos - and happened to learn that I was not supposed to bury the crown of the plant! (I'm sure I looked this up as I was setting up the tank, but it was a late night and lots of planting, so I just spaced and shoved those suckers deep in there as far as they would go!) As soon as I got home I unburied it. Fortunately it had only been that was 2 weeks and while I lost a few leaves, I'm hopeful it will bounce back.
  16. I bought some Vallisneria two weeks ago and their leaves are turning brown. Why is this happening?
  17. Hi all! I've had Valisnaria for over 6 months now and it initially threw off some runners and grew quite quickly. However, about 2 months later, it paused it's growth and it's leaves started looking pretty tattered. It's mantained this look since then, throwing out a runner here and there while also a few of them dying back. Since planting it, I've kept it fed with API root tabs and I give it about 10 hours of light a day. It is in a pool filter sand substrate The reason for this post, I want a gorgeous Valisnaria forest going on but I'm obviously not doing it right. Parameter's and other information pH - 8.2 Ammonia - 0 Nitrite - 0 Nitrate - 20 ppm Substrate - Pool Filter Sand Light - Finnex Stingray Tank - 55g Light Duration - 10 hours Nutrients introduced via API Root Tabs It's sitting on a hill of sand about 11inches from the light 1 large "mother" plant and 7 runners If you have a solution, advice or questions, please share!
  18. Is there such thing? I'd like the look of Val but can't seem to grow it.
  19. I’m thinking of trying some carbon to help get rid of some BBA, but my vals are doing great, getting tall and putting out little shoots. The tank is maintaining good parameters; it’s a newish 20g. I read that carbon isn’t good for vals, so I’d appreciate ideas. Thanks!
  20. i was going to order easy carbon to control the algae growth as a precautionary measure, but i have plants link java moss, Vallisneria and Anachris. if i apply easy carbon on 55 gallon and 40 gallon tank will it be suicidal to the plants. any experiences with same kind of plants.. please advice
  21. I have everything for my Vals and they won't grow. I have the Easy green And the root tabs Aquarium co-op sells and they won't grow I bought the Vals from you guys like 2 months ago and they still won't grow.
  22. So after checking out for ideas on how to redo my tank, I came up with Cory's video on vallisneria and how no matter what, a vallisneria wall will always look amazing. So here's my final result! I'm pretty happy with it. What do you think? Anything else you would add? Do you think the Mayan ornament is too much? Personally I love it and the contrast it creates but lemme hear opinions! Cant wait until my vals grows to the top! It is a pretty undemanding plant right? Low light and weekly fertilizing should be enough? Also got root tabs.
  23. I treated with 3% hydrogen peroxide on Sunday for algae and my vals are looking rough. This isn't the first time I've used H202 but I usually just use it as a spot treatment. I followed Irene's instructions on 1 tablespoon per 10 gallons and let sit with lights off and filters off for an hour. Is it the peroxide or a deficiency?
  24. So dipping into the world of planted tanks, I am currently setting up a 96 liter/25 gallon tank. I have substrate in it and bought a few plants: Java Fern, Anubias Nana, Echinadorus Bleheri and one that I thought was really pretty but I don't know what it is. Can someone help me id this one: Any tips for planting and maintaining this plant? Also a few more generic plant related questions: - The Echinadorus, do I plant it with the roots level in the substrate, or with the roots a bit above the substrate? - The Anubius Nana petite, I don't want to glue it on wood (I did glue the Java fern) so can I just plant it in the substrate? Again, do I plant it so the roots are still visible? Thank you so much! Ruud
  25. I've got some Vallisneria flowering like crazy. Thought I'd share. I wonder if anyone knows why Val flowers? I've never had it do this before. It's sending up dozens of little blooms. The tank is an a greenhouse. Maybe the shorter days are triggering it? Temp ranges between 75-65. It's gonna be time to break this tank down for the winter soon, and I will miss the val. I started with 5 plants in the tank in May. The flowers sprout up in these long curls, then bloom when they hit the surface. (Forgive the reflections. There's not I can do to take photos in the greenhouse without getting them.)
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