Vallisneria – The One Plant Wonder

2 min read

Vallisneria – The One Plant Wonder

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 one 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 two requirements to grow vallisneria. First off, you must feed it. We recommend our Easy Green all-in-one fertilizer, but other fertilizers or heavy fish loads can work as well.

Easy Green All in One Fertilizer

 

The second requirement is to provide it with light. We recommend Finnex Stingrays LEDs for shallow tanks and Fluval 3.0 Plant Spectrum LED lights for deeper tanks.

Finnex Stingray LED Lights.

 

Fluval Plant 3.0 LED Light

 

Vallisneria is great because it does all the work for you. Simply plant one bunch of the plant in the back corner of your tank. Then it will continue to spread throughout your gravel. After a few months, your tank will become a lush jungle with fish weaving in and out of all the long leaves. We love how it grows so quickly and uptakes a lot of nitrates. Plus, it's easy to remove if it's spreading somewhere you don't want it to. Just pull it out of the gravel and replant where you want it.

Don’t fret, you African cichlid keepers! Vallisneria also does wonderful in African setups. You can even create a Lake Tanganyika biotope using this miracle plant.

Best of all, vallisneria is cheap and frequently found at fish stores for less than $10. Usually any hobbyist that keeps it will gladly give you a plant to get started in your tanks. Vallisneria grows so fast that it often goes to compost.

I suggest everyone give it a try. If you've got multiple high tech planted aquariums, a 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 one tank. You never know when you'll want to turn a tank into a planted masterpiece with a single plant.



Also in Freshwater Aquarium Blog

How to Use Pothos as a Natural Aquarium Filter
How to Use Pothos as a Natural Aquarium Filter

3 min read

One of the reasons we love aquarium plants so much is because of their amazing ability to absorb the toxic nitrogen compounds produced by your fish's waste, but what if you own fish that are natural-born plant killers? Enter the pothos plant! Keep reading to learn more about nature’s miracle gift to fish keepers.

Read More
Care Guide for Guppies – The Most Popular and Colorful Livebearer
Care Guide for Guppies – The Most Popular and Colorful Livebearer

5 min read

Guppies (Poecilia reticulata) are one of the most popular fish in the aquarium hobby because of their brilliant colors, lively personalities, and ease of breeding. In this care guide, we share our essential tips and tricks for keeping this simple yet beautiful species.

Read More
How to Use a Gravel Vacuum to Clean Aquariums
How to Use a Gravel Vacuum to Clean Aquariums

4 min read

Did you know there’s an easy way to clean all the fish waste at the bottom of your aquarium without dumping everything out? Keep reading for a step-by-step guide on how to use an aquarium siphon (no batteries required!) to vacuum up all the detritus in your gravel.

Read More