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Red marble val

>Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 23:55:54 -0800
>From: "Thomas Barr" <tcbiii at earthlink_net>
>Subject: RE:Red marble val
>>P.S. My Red Marble Val is now both red and marbled. Man
>>those are slow plants to kick in. 6 months of whiney
>>spindly green leaves, then boom 3/4" wide and RED.
>>One of my all time favorite plants.
>Me too! One of the best vals for a many species tank. If you've had trouble
>with vals in the past try this one. Prolific runners and good lighting
>tolerances(low or high). Mine get very long(4-5feet in lenght) but new
>runners are kept and the long ones are sold off. If you get one that's been
>grown in a happy tank there is no 6 month break-in period. I think everyone
>can truly  appreciate the leaves on this plant. It is stunning. Just because
>they get tall, it doesn't mean you can have them BTW if you have shallow
>tanks. They make nice cover on the top surface and only put out a few leaves
>instead of so many that it smothers the surface. Good red plant also.
>Tom Barr

Yeah, I first got one from Mike Trow... Trznn... the guy in 
Delaware, but lost it when I moved. I'd been looking around
for one in years to no avail. One day I saw, in the local
dorky petshop a large green val that didn't look so hot
but also didn't look exacly like regular green "jungle val".

I asked the guy who worked there "do you think that's a normal
val". He looked at it and said "no, thats kinds weird, it
has all these red flecks sort of" and got it for a buck. 

Richard J. Sexton                                         richard at aquaria_net
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