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I am curious about the height differences in these. In the Co-op shop there is val and then there is jungle val. what is the difference in the two? I'm going to guess jungle val gets taller, but I do not know for certain. I have a 30 gallon long tank which I am cycling currently and am trying to plan my next scape and I have never done val before and like the idea of the draping grass in the water look it gives, but I dont want to get jungle val if regular val will give me the same look since the tank is only 13 in. tall.

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In my experience both get to the same height and can grow well over 8 feet if allowed; the primary difference is width of the leaves; with italia val around 1/3 of an inch and jungle val a bit over an inch; there are actually a lot of similar different species so the exact width depend on the exact species. This is my tank with jungle val (left side):



This is my tank with italia val:


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I got one bunch of jungle val from the lfs. When I got it home I noticed it was two plants so I separated 'em and planted 'em asymmetrically. I gave each one root tab.

The one on the left sent off a runner and sprouted a new plant which, in turn, has sent off a runner and sprouted another new plant. I'm not going to buy any more of that stuff 'cause it's just growing like craaaaaazy. Maybe my reduced photo-period will mellow it out a little.

The one on the right is beside a dense patch of rotalia and cabomba. I haven't noticed any runners there yet but I'm expecting it now.

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