Jungle Vallisneria - Will It Thrive In My Tank?

JustAFishServant

I've thought about adding jungle val into my 50G (190L) goldfish tank but I'm not sure whether it'll thrive. Heavily-planted, 6.8 pH, temp 65-72°F (18-22°C), relatively soft water, 30 lumens/litre. 2 red tiger lotus, 3 banana lilies, 3 anubias coffeefolia, 6 nana, 3 congensis, crypt bronze & parva, java fern, a big windelov java fern, dwarf sag, amazon, melon & rosette swords, hygro corymbosa & polysperma, water wisteria. "Aquaponic" plants include a huge peace lily & chinese evergreen, pothos, monstera roots & philodendron. I raised them w/ plants from a young age and feed a lot of greenery & veg, they don't touch the plants. I overfilter like crazy with 4 sponges, a canister and an internal filter (over 300 gallons of filtration) but thinking about upgrading to a pond filtration unit rated for 500 gallons. The plants soak up the nitrates, filters do their job. 0 ammonia & nitrite, nitrate 5-10. Easy Green weekly, though I probably don't need it with 3 goldfish.

I read somewhere that jungle val likes hard, warm, slow-moving waters but not sure how true this is. Do you think it would thrive in my setup? Thanks :)
 

A201

I'm definitely not an Aqua gardener, but I did research Jungle Val as a possible plant in my African Cichlid tank.
From what I learned, Jungle Vals are hardy enough to tolerate the alkaline African water parameters, but don't neccesarily require those water parameters to thrive.
Jungle Vals have a wide PH tolerance, but probably do a little better in harder water.
Give it a try & post pics.
 

Demeter

Best way to find out is to try, or so I have learned with my own planted tanks. My vals are in relatively hard water and medium to high lighting. It grows well in most my tank other than the lower lighted ones. Temps range from 76-80F and substrate is from dirted tanks capped with sand/gravel or just plain play sand. With jungle vals, once they get going they never stop growing!
 

JeremyW

If all those other plants are doing fine, then I can't imagine why jungle val wouldn't do well.
 

Thunder_o_b

Keep in mind that Vals do not do well with the additive Seachem Flourish Excel.

Which is why I do not keep them. BUT when I put together a full hose CO2 system I will drop the Excel and grow Vals.
 

TClare

I have soft water, same pH as yours and it does very well in my tanks, both in medium and low light, with fertilizer or no fertilizer added, sand with aqua soil or just sand substrate. So for me it is a very hardy plant that grows and reproduces quickly. However I have read that some people find it difficult. I would say just try it and see.
 

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