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Jungle Val
(Vallisneria americana)

Anubia nana

Alternative species (click on the thumbnail to see the card)


Scientific name
Vallisneria americana
Vallisneria americana Gigantea
Vallisneria americana Natans
Vallisneria spiralis var. americana
Vallisneria asiatica
Vallisneria neotropicalis

Common name
Jungle Val
Wild celery
Straight vallisneria
Tape grass
Eel grass


what are his countries of origin?

Origin: Jamaica, Southeastern United States, Cuba

Ideal fertilization

how to fertilize this plant?

CO2: 5-40mg/l
Nitrates (NO3): 10-50mg/l
Phosphates (PO4): 0,1-3mg/l
Potassium (K): 5-30mg/l
Iron (Fe): 0,01-0,5mg/l


which group is this plant?



what is the type of plant?



What are the Water parameters for the maintenance of this plant?

T°: 15 to 30°C or 59 to 86°F
pH: 6 to 8
Hardness: 6 to 30°dGH





what brightness is needed?



what is the maximum size of the plant?

30 to 100 cm (12 to 40")

Plantation area

in which area of the aquarium install this plant?



how fast does this plant grow?



Who is the Vallisneria?


Who is the Vallisneria?

natural Vallisneria americana

This plant is frequently found in slow streams, lakes and ponds. Even though it lives completely submerged, it does not live very deeply. It loves clean, clear waters. It is a perennial plant. Although originally based on the American continent (and still, doubts remain on this point), it is found today in all temperate regions of the world.

Very ornamental, it can form real hedges at the back of your aquarium. In addition, its ability to withstand hard water and its unappetising appearance (for many species) make it a plant of choice for African biotope aquariums.

Planting and maintenance

How to plant and maintain the Vallisneria?

Planting and maintenance

How to plant and maintain the Vallisneria?

Given its size, install your feet at the back of your aquarium. Moreover, it will be comfortable in a tank measuring at least 80 cm or 32 inch of high. For planting, plan a nutrient soil 7 to 10 cm or 2.8 to 4 inch thick because it has deep roots. Plant 2 or 3 feet by 10 cm2 or 1.55 Square inch.

The Jungle Val is rather invasive, because it grows so much that it is able to cover the entire surface of the aquarium. This expansion may deprive all plants below form the light. In order to avoid this, you will need to prune it regularly. Be aware however that this size slows down its growth.

The only requirement of this plant is an intense lighting which guarantees its good health and its growth.


How to farm the Vallisneria?


How to farm the Vallisneria?

In the wild, the Jungle Val blooms from June to October (provided it has not been too cold).

In the aquarium, you can cut the stems carrying stolons measuring at least 1/3 of the mother stock. Repeat them spacing them at least 7 cm or 2.8 inch apart.

Be careful though: when planting the new plant, it should not be completely buried in the substrate as it will decompose. Bury only the roots and leave the rhizome off the ground.

Good To know

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Good To know

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Very robust and with easy maintenance, this plant is recommended for beginners with large tanks. Indeed, it adapts to many water parameters and flourishes in most configurations that are proposed.

This species can adapt to brackish water (note, however, that the limit of tolerance for the salt is still undetermined with precision for this plant).

The varieties «Vallisneria americana Gigantea» and «Vallisneria americana Natans» come from the Vallisneria americana.

Ducks and other waterfowl are very fond of them :)

This plant is a good indicator of the quality of your water: it is sensitive to pollution. If it goes away, check the nitrate level of your water.

In New Zealand, its sale is prohibited because it is considered invasive.

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