Do you love Vallisneria? Here are the top 5.

Who doesn’t like Vallis? If I cast my mind back it was one of the first plants I grew extremely well by doing…nothing. In fact it grew like a weed and provided a wonderful curtain effect that made me feel like a pro :)  I’m not sure which specific Vallis it was but it was dead easy. In fact the entire Vallis range is very simple to grow and unless you have very soft water you won’t have any problems.

There are currently 5 different types available – all similar (ish) with a variant. Let’s start with the biggest first:

Vallisneria gigantea rubra – large thick and wide leaves that grow fast. Great for bigger tanks and the leaves can grow up to about 2m (impressive heh!).


Vallisneria spiralis – suitable for beginners and up, this plant has narrow long leaves that look rather attractive. Grows in pretty much any tank.


Vallisneria spiralis red – just like the plant above but with a red tinge. A bit slower growing though.


Vallisneria torta – the smallest of the Vallis, this rather neat one tends to stay quite small as the leaves twist as they grow. Also great for beginners and up.


Vallisneria nana – the narrowest of all the Vallis, the leaves are a few mm thick. This makes them sway delightfully in the current. Not such a fast grower but very easy on the eye.

Just in case you’re not aware, Vallisneria do not appreciate liquid carbon. It can make them melt so best to avoid adding it.

How do the best just get better?

In this case, they go bigger, MUCH BIGGER than the competition and this is just what Takashi Amano has done again. You see, no one can really touch him now as he has become such a powerful and dominant world leader in aquascaping. Most don’t even have the access to the large stones and the tanks and the team required to pull these sort of tanks off. So sit back, and enjoy.

This is amazing.

Make unexpected mistakes even after thorough consideration.

In Japan they call this Senryo Isshitsu – Make unexpected mistakes even after thorough consideration. I love the honesty of it. We all make mistakes, even the best of us.

I’ve always said that Takashi Amano is the best scaper in the world and some things never change. In this clip below you can see the master working his magic with his rather large team!

You also see him making a very rare mistake which is refreshing to see. Enjoy the clip below to see what happens…

and if you’re after some Utricularia, find it here http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/easy-grow-utricularia-graminifolia-p-6950.html

We ship every day til 4pm

That’s right, we’re shipping orders right up to the end of day (well nearly anyway). 4pm is the latest our courier can collect so that means if you order today any time before 4pm and choose express delivery at the check out, you can receive your order the next day (assuming you’re UK mainland).

Not bad heh!