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Val taking over tank

>I have a problem with valisneria americana taking over a tank.  I thought
>it wuold be a nice background covering the back of the tank -- and it would
>have been, if it had stayed there.  Pulling it up in the places where I
>don't want it is problematic, since I have a clay/vermiculite substrate
>that clouds the water when rooted plants are pulled up.  Any suggestions,
>either for this tank or for future tanks that I might put val in?

Use a different substrate.  Sorry, just couldn't resist ;-)

Karen Randall
Aquatic Gardeners Association