Red Jungle Vallisneria (Vallisneria gigantea rubra) is a very attractive, yet hardy and undemanding plant that is ideal for the larger aquarium. It is very similar to Jungle Vallisneria, but it develops some red coloration. It is a perfect background plant that will grow all the way to the top of the aquarium and it propagates prolifically.
Red Jungle Vallisneria is a member of the tapegrass plant family. It can grow several feet tall and it provides valuable refuge for timid fish and fry, which will actually encourage those shy species to venture into the open more often. Red Jungle Vallisneria should be planted with its crown above the substrate. It will establish strong roots and is unlikely to be uprooted by bottom-dwelling fish. Its leaves should not be trimmed, as they will typically rot and fall off when damaged.
Please Note: This plant will sometimes shed its leaves when transported into a new aquarium. It is usually still alive in this state and should not be discarded. It will typically grow new, stronger leaves rather quickly if it is planted and allowed to acclimate.
Red Jungle Vallisneria does not require CO2 supplementation or overly high lighting. It prefers slow-moving, hard water that is rich in calcium, but it is highly adaptable to most water parameters. It will grow fastest under high lighting, but it can adapt to moderate lighting as well. It is very flexible and will even be grown in sand, but of course, will grow faster in the nutrient-rich substrate.
Like most plants, RedJungle Vallisneria will benefit from supplements such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, iron, potassium, nitrogen, and other plant supplements.
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What We Like About This Plant:
- Red coloration in some leaves
- Tall growth that is ideal for larger aquariums
- Very easy to propagate
- Provides a great deal of cover for animal fry
- Very hardy and durable
- Temperature: 64° – 82° F (18° – 28° C)
- pH: 6.0 – 9.0
- Lighting: Moderate to High
- Origin: Indigenous to Northafrica, cultivated in US nurseries
- Aquarium placement: Background
- Care: Easy