3-5 full plants.
Tiger Vallisneria, scientifically known as Vallisneria nana, is a popular and attractive aquarium plant in the Vallisneria genus.
1. **Leaf Appearance:** Tiger Vallisneria is characterized by its long, ribbon-like leaves that are typically dark green with lighter green or yellowish vertical stripes, resembling a tiger's stripes. These stripes give the plant its common name. The leaves can grow to be quite long, making it a great choice for background or midground planting.
2. **Growth Habit:** This plant has a rosette growth habit, and it sends out runners with daughter plants that create a lush, dense appearance. The runners may produce new plants that can be separated and replanted.
3. **Lighting:** Tiger Vallisneria generally does well in moderate to high lighting conditions. Brighter light helps maintain the vibrant striping pattern on the leaves.
4. **CO2 and Nutrients:** While it can grow in low-tech setups, providing carbon dioxide (CO2) supplementation and a balanced liquid fertilizer can promote healthier growth and coloration.
5. **Water Parameters:**
- **Temperature:** It thrives in a temperature range of 72-82°F (22-28°C).
- **pH:** Maintain a slightly acidic to neutral pH level, typically between 6.0 and 7.5.
- **Hardness:** It can tolerate a range of water hardness.
6. **Maintenance:** Regular pruning may be necessary to control the size and shape of the plant. Trim older or damaged leaves to encourage new growth.
7. **Substrate:** Plant Tiger Vallisneria in a nutrient-rich substrate to provide essential nutrients for its growth. It can also tolerate plain gravel or sand substrates.
8. **Propagation:** This plant can be propagated by dividing the runners and planting the daughter plants separately. Each separated plantlet should have roots attached.
Tiger Vallisneria is a sought-after choice for aquarists looking to create an aquatic landscape with vibrant and variegated background plants. Its distinctive striped leaves provide a unique and visually appealing contrast to other aquatic plants in the aquarium. With the right conditions and regular maintenance, it can thrive and contribute to the overall aesthetics of your aquatic environment.