Vallisneria spiralis 'Leopard'

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Vallisneria spiralis 'Leopard'

Regular price $19.99 Sale price $12.99
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Vallisneria Spiralis 'Leopard' is commonly known as Vallisneria spiralis 'Tiger', Straight Vallisneria, Tape Grass, Jungle Val, Italian Vallisneria, or Eelgrass. It's a perfect background aquarium plant and it prefers good light and a nutrient-rich substrate to grow well. This variety is similar to the original  Vallisneria Spiralis but it has a leopard stripe on the leaf. Under high light, this Val will turn to a beautiful red color on top of the leaf.
  • Sold as Bare-root Plants, Bunched plants, or Potted plants. 
  • Bare-root plants | approx. 2-3 loose plants
  • Bunched plants | approx. 2-3 plants with foam, and lead weight.
  • Potted plants | approx. 2-3 plants with net pot and rock wool.

Disclaimer: Pictures are not the actual plants you will receive, but a sample representation. Unless specific, we don't guarantee aquatic plants will be free of pests, pesticides, grow emerged, or submerge.

    Trade Names: Vallisneria spiralis 'Tiger' / Vallisneria spiralis 'Leopard'
    CO2: Not Required
    Growth Rates: Fast
    Difficulty Level: Beginner
    Nutrient Substrate: Required
    Lighting Requirements: Medium-High


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          Even though our plants are very clean, but we can't guarantee they will be 100% pest-free because we cannot be responsible for your aquarium. Please use it at your own risk. We recommended all customers rinse the plants with clean water and quarantine them before use.

          However, plants in tissue culture will be 100% free from pests, algae and never have been contacting with any aquarium.

          1. Due to the nature of the product. We don't guarantee our plants will be pests free. ( snails, algae, hitchhikers )
          2. We don't guarantee our plants will be free of pesticides. We use homemade, organic pesticides in our greenhouse to control pests. We do not use pesticides that contain copper. Copper is toxic to invertebrates such as aquatic snails, crabs, shrimps, etc
          3. We don't guarantee your aquarium success or are responsible for your aquarium inhabitant including but not limited to fish, shrimp, snail, turtle, etc. So please quarantine all plants when use!
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          We kindly request that you familiarize yourself with your state's regulations concerning restricted plants, as we are committed to not sending any plants that may be restricted in your jurisdiction. Additionally, we urge you not to release any plants into the wild or waterways, as it can cause significant harm to the local ecosystem by potentially introducing invasive species and disrupting the natural ecological balance. Your understanding and cooperation in protecting the environment are highly appreciated. For your convenience, you can access the continuously updated USDA State Noxious Weed list through this link: Thank you for your responsible commitment to environmental preservation.

          Customer Reviews

          Based on 20 reviews
          Looking good

          Nice addition to 20g long planted aquarium. Plants arrived quickly and were pretty healthy. Trimmed the brown and yellow decaying ends after several days of planting. Tank is soil substrate and micro dose one pump/day of thrive-s. Lots of new rich green growth from this one after one week, the other one is slower to develop, but doing okay.

          Shane Jones
          Very healthy, good portions as well for the loose plants option.

          The leopard Val that arrived is super healthy as ALL plants that APF sells to us are, I mean seriously the best of the best quality every time. My leopard Val does not have the red coloration yet but I saw it was just cut to fit in the box, and does have the leopard print on its leaves. I can only assume the red will come as the plant regrows. I got 3-4 plants per order of the loose bare root plant options which IMO is phenomenal. The LFS charge 5-15 dollars a PIECE for Val let alone a rarer kind. Very very happy with that and there were about 8 leaves per plant. You really can’t ask for more, not sure how they would fit 2 foot Val into a 6 inch box with other plants either so completely OK with the no red yet, it will come.

          Review after 8 months so far

          Plant was very nice and healthy-looking when it came in, I was excited. However, I bought it as a complete plant newbie, and thought it could thrive planted bare-root in pure eco-complete (very coarse) substrate, in a relatively low-light tank (duckweed cover & cheap light), in hard water, pH 8, around 70-75F (unheated), and understocked with a few root tab pieces and occasional water column ferts added. The Val started off by melting back from the tips of the leaves, which arrived cut :( See photo 3. It would be nice if APF could not cut the Val leaves, as they should know this causes them to melt! I quickly learned that Val is **very** sensitive about damage to its leaves, so warning: if any leaf gets damaged enough (e.g. from rubbing against a filter intake or some wood, etc.) that entire leaf might melt all the way back!!! HOWEVER, despite my relatively nutrient-poor substrate & suboptimal light levels, and the melting sensitivity, the plant has steadily continued improving over the last few months since I began to add more root tabs, moved things around to give it more light and space to grow without rubbing its leaves on things. So FINALLY the plant is thriving, despite growing a lot more slowly than it probably would with more nutrient-rich substrate and more light. A smaller baby plant I separated out at the beginning has simply melted off & not grown back still beyond tiny, 1 inch leaves. All the leaves shown in 2nd photo are from today, all new growth from since I got the Vals. Despite my challenges, I'm giving 4 stars because APF did say nutrient-rich substrate is "required" and I might have had much better luck if I had taken that to heart earlier, giving regular root tabs, instead of trying to supplement water-column (Val doesn't respond to this, seems to feed from roots ONLY). Also, I've had great luck from APF with other plants, and I actually plan to order more of this exact plant from APF now that I've finally troubleshot it successfully! But don't expect any red from this plant without high light ... all you will see is a slightly speckled pattern throughout the leaf! See photo 1 for detail. I don't care and still think it's beautiful that way!

          Donald Soles
          Very Cool Plant!

          After shipping, these guys bounced back and are thriving. I'm getting a lot of new growth that's bright green and I'm still trying to bring out some of those deeper reds, but I love the slender leaves. I planted these under my larger Valisernia, and they look great. They're shooting new growth everywhere and looking great. Highly recommend this!

          Missy Bacigalupa
          Great background plant

          This val has a lot of interesting colors and patterns going on, and a very nice form. The plant came in great shape, and the perfect size for a 10 inch tall tank. My ghost shrimp love it.

          Fun, fast growing plant

          The plant arrived healthy and is doing great a little over a month later. It’s sending out tons of runners and the leaf growth is noticeable daily. The shrimp love hiding in it, I constantly find molts.

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