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RE: [APD] "dwarf" val

In defense of Albany Aquarium - they do indeed provide species name,
full grown size, as well as preferred water conditions (temp, hardness,
pH).  They generally have nice plants.  I just failed to take down this
information when I bought the plant - much to my chagrin.


John Stark
Director of Marketing, Jupiter Systems

-----Original Message-----
From: aquatic-plants-bounces at actwin_com
[mailto:aquatic-plants-bounces at actwin_com] On Behalf Of Eric Wahlig
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 8:10 AM
To: john at starkreality_net, aquatic plants digest
Subject: RE: [APD] "dwarf" val

The first problem is that "dwarf" is simply a sales pitch. I don't want
"dwarf" anything. I want the species name so I can do some research on
Unfortunately, most dealers can't give you a species name because they
bought it as "dwarf" whatever and even the wholesalers don't know what
is really. In my opinion this is false advertising, but alas, it
is a dwarf compared to another species of the same genera. My suggestion
anything "dwarf" is that if you can't positively ID it then buy some if
want, try it, and accept the loss if it doesn't work out.

As far as trimming the leaves: Some people have recommended cutting them
the surface but I have never had much luck with this method. The leaves
decay from the cut ends and look bad when I try this. The other method,
which is much more labor intensive, is to reach down to the base of the
longest leaves and pluck them one by one. I generally just rip it out
either give it away or throw it away.   

--- Eric
>             I am not sure what the species of vallisneria I have in my
> tank (it could be spiralis, but I am not seeing the red markings
> described at Tropica)- but the bunch was purchased at Albany Aquarium
> here in the SF Bay Area - a very nice store for plants.  When
> though, it was described as a dwarf species that should not grow to
> than 15-30cm long (straight, light green leaves). and indeed this was
> true for about 6 months as it propagated all over my small tank.  But,
> this dwarf val has now put out leaves that are close to 1m in length
> is still growing.  In a 30g XT tank, this covers a lot of the top of
> tank - much to the dismay of my Rotala Macrandra.
> My question are:  How can a dwarf form suddenly decide to grow like
> crazy?  And can one trim the leaves to at least stand straight up
> without fear of the entire leaf/plant dying?  Or, is it time to give
> away several pounds of plant material?
> John Stark

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