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Long background grass #1
Hi,

Just planted my aquarium and i need some more background plants. I like the long grass like plants but i don't know what they are called, can someone help?

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Re: Long background grass #2
Vallisneria is probably the one you mean, often referred to just as Vallis.

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Re: Long background grass #3
i've got the twisted vallis, which is midground, would the one i want be Vallisneria Spiralis (Straight Vallisneria)?
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Re: Long background grass #4
Hi Steveo,

They are called vallis, they come in different sizes so beware Vallisneria Gigantea it grows up to and beyond 120cm. Also not all Vallisneria have the same requirements so be sure to check out their own special requirements, light, co2, fertilisers, temperature etc.
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Re: Long background grass #5
ok will do thanks - i've not co2 set up and light isn't amazing cos of the size of my tank. I'm using the plantsalive catalogue for reference!
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Re: Long background grass #6
Vallisneria Spiralis (the smaller straight one)
http://www.plantsalive.co.uk/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=577

Vallisneria Torta (the smaller twisty one)
http://www.plantsalive.co.uk/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=578

Vallisneria Gigantea (the huge straight one - grows up to feet in length)
http://www.plantsalive.co.uk/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=575
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Re: Long background grass #7
All of the Vallisneria need good lighting and grow much better with the addition of some form of fertiliser. But I must say they do do better with the addition of CO2 as this then helps them create a greater oxygen output. Lighting should preferably be 75W/100litres.
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Re: Long background grass #8
Thanks again, i'll look into these :)
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Re: Long background grass #9
biggest problem i have is i can't seem to get a high lighting output for my current hood, one that goes on the Elite 60. Gives me poor lighting :(
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Re: Long background grass #10
That light is only 20w and no where near enough for good plant growth. When the tank is planted as heavy as you are attempting, a lot of the light will be blocked by the upper plants and the lower ones will miss out and begin to die, thus in turn polluting the water. Some how you neeed to get that wattage up to around at least 40w by adding another tube using a separate light unit capable of handling 20w. Something like the Hagen Glomat single Starter Unit 20w @ ?18.19