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>From: "John Hawkins" <jhawkins at ix_netcom.com>
>To: "Aquatic Plants Digest" <Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com>
>Subject: Vals
>Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 20:37:50 -0500
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>I've never received this many email posts. I recently posted an offer to
>give away various forms of vals that I 'weed' from my plant tank. Many of
>the responses have come from around the country. I'll be glad to mail/ship
>any plants that I thin out - I'd much rather give them away to aquatic plant
>people than throw them in the trash. I haven't had a chance to look into
>shipping options and costs, but if you would like me to send some to you,
>all I ask is that you pay the postage (everyone has offered). Because I've
>received about a dozen or so requests, it may be more than a couple of weeks
>before I get around to everyone, but I'll be fair and send them on a first
>come first go basis. Also, I have battled a hair algea problem and it
>appears to be gone, but like any other aquatic plant, please consider giving
>them a light bleach bath to insure that your tank doesn't pick up any of my
>Some of you have asked what I do to get the vals to grow well. All I can
>tell you is that they started growing like weeds in my tank when I started
>using Jobe Palm and Fern spikes. I have been dosing with PMDD for some time
>and everything grew well, but I tried the Jobes spike as an experiment. I
>place six sticks in my substrate whenever the vals slow down their growth.
>The result has been very good growth off all the vals (I have a grid of
>runners all over the tank) and my crypts (Wendtii??) have turned a dark
>shade of red. My swords and other plants don't appear to have been affected.
>If anyone knows of a mail order source for Jobes Palm and Fern spikes,
>please let me know. I seem to have picked up the last remaining packages in
>the Tampa Bay area and cannot find any more.
>Also, I've never mail ordered plants. I thought that the best method of
>shipping them is to wrap them in wetted newspaper put inside a plastic bag.
>Any other suggestions is welcomed.
>Best Regards,
>John Hawkins
>Tampa Florida
>jhawkins at ix_netcom.com