Whether you've got a green thumb or are green with envy, you can have a planted aquascape that looks like a slice of nature. Don't worry, it won't be hard or expensive. All you will need is 1 plant, Vallisneria. If you haven't gotten to work with this plant yet, you're in for a treat. Not only does it look beautiful but it's undemanding! It can also single handedly transform an aquarium into a luscious jungle. Unfortunately, you probably won't win any awards for aquascaping using only one easy to grow plant. However, it will be an impressive display. Not only will you and your fish appreciate it, your college buddy who thinks you're weird for liking fish will be impressed. Even other hobbyists will lust after your shockingly simple aquarium.
There are only 2 requirements to grow Vallisneria. The first is you must feed it. We recommend our Easy Green Fertilizer, but other fertilizers or heavy fish loads can work as well. The second is you must provide it with light. We recommend Finnex Stingrays LEDs for shallow tanks and Fluval 2.0 planted LED lights for deeper tanks.
Vallisneria is great because it does all the work for you. You simply plant one bunch of the plant in the back corner of your tank. It will then continue to spread throughout your gravel. After a few months your tank will be a lush jungle. Fish weaving in and out of all the long leaves. It grows fast too and uptakes a lot of nitrates. It's also easy to remove if it's going somewhere you don't want it too. You simply pull it out of the gravel and replant where you want it.
Don’t fret you African cichlid keepers! Vallisneria does wonderful in African setups also. You can even create a Lake Tanganyika biotope using Vallisneria.
Best of all, Vallisneria is cheap! Frequently found at fish stores for less than $10. Usually any other hobbyist that has it growing will gladly give you a plant to get started in your tanks. It grows so fast it often goes to compost.
I suggest everyone give it a try. If you've got 10 high tech planted aquariums, the Vallisneria jungle is a nice reprieve from all the maintenance. If you've never had plants before, it'll unlock a whole new world to you. Once you've got it growing, you'll always have it around in at least 1 tank. You never know when you'll want to turn a tank into a planted masterpiece with a single plant.